Kant's Moral Theory and Same-Sex Marriage
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This paper asserts that in the much debated issue of same-sex marriages, most people fail at putting their convictions across in a proper manner because of their tendency to leave ration aside in favor of adopting their prejudices. Next, the author relates that Kant's deontology does not judge an act depending on its consequences but rather claims that one should be free to do whatever they want as long as their actions do not affect themselves or other individuals. On the other hand, the paper contends that, even though Kant lobbies for equality, regarding sexuality, Kant considered homosexuality to be an example of people expressing an unnatural lust. Footnotes are included.
From the Paper:"Kant lobbied for people to have autonomy in every domain, including sexual autonomy. His writings prove that he wanted eccentricity to be considered perfectly normal, given the fact that he wanted people to be granted total liberty. Universalizing maxims is one of the key elements present throughout Kant's work. Taking this into consideration, one might conclude that the philosopher's principles regarding sexual autonomy are a product of his determination to universalize maxims. The German philosopher was certain that if a particular individual wanted to do an act that did not act against the wellbeing of another human being; the act should under no circumstances be criticized, or punished for that matter.
"For Kant, marriage could be described by thinking about how "while one person is acquired as if it were a thing [als Sache erworben wird], the one who is acquired acquires the other in turn; for in this way each reclaims itself [gewinnt sie wiederum sich selbst] and restores its personality". He believed that there is no point in questioning or condemning one's actions as long as the individual is perfectly rational and his behavior does not come against other persons."
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- Cahill, Courtney Megan "Same-sex Marriage, Slippery Slope Rhetoric, and the Politics of Disgust: a Critical Perspective on Contemporary Family Discourse and the Incest Taboo," Northwestern University Law Review 99.4 (2005).
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- Kant, Immanuel. "The Metaphysics of Morals". 1797.
- Mohr, Richard D. The Long Arc of Justice: Lesbian and Gay Marriage, Equality, and Rights (New York: Columbia University Press, 2005).
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