Presentation on theme: "Sex, Love, and Marriage On the Place of Sex in Human Existence —Immanuel Kant The main purpose of sex is procreation. Marriage is a matter of reciprocal."— Presentation transcript:
1 Sex, Love, and MarriageOn the Place of Sex in Human Existence —Immanuel KantThe main purpose of sex is procreation.Marriage is a matter of reciprocal property rights.
2 Sex, Love, and MarriageJohn McMurtry: Monogamy: A CritiqueMichael D. Bayles: Marriage, Love, and Procreation:A Critique of McMurtryMcMurtry insists that monogamy is a massive social-control mechanism.Bayles thinks that Kant’s (and McMurtry’s) view of marriage as “mutual ownership” is pure nonsense.Bayles contends that monogamous marriage promotes deep, personal relationships and provides a good context for raising children.
3 Sex, Love, and MarriageMonogamy: A Critique —John McMurtryMarriage, Love, and Procreation:A Critique of McMurtry —Michael D. BaylesBayles says McMurtry’s contention that monogamy restricts the care of children is not well founded.Bayles wants us to reject vulgar hedonism and replace it with eudaimonism.
4 Sex, Love, and Marriage What’s Wrong with Adultery? —Bonnie Steinbock One reason adultery is wrong is that it generally involves promise-breaking.Genuinely open marriages are not immoral.There is a need for concentrated involvement in marriage.
5 Sex, Love, and Marriage We Have No “Right to Happiness” —C.S. Lewis In intimate relations, we do not have a right to be happy.A society in which conjugal infidelity is tolerated must always be, in the long run, a society adverse to women.
6 Sex, Love, and MarriageWhat Do Grown Children Owe Their Parents? —Jane EnglishGrown children are not obligated to repay a debt of gratitude to their parents.The relationship between children and their parents should be one of friendship.The duties that grown children have to their parents result from friendship.
7 Sex, Love, and MarriageWhy Homosexuality Is Abnormal —Michael LevinA Defense of Homosexuality —John CorvinoLevin contends that homosexuality is abnormal because it is a misuse of bodily parts.Corvino says that from the fact of evolutionary adaptation in humans, we cannot conclude that they should behave in a particular way.Corvino argues that even if homosexual people were more likely to commit illegal or immoral acts than the general population, it would not follow that their homosexuality causes them to do these things.