Kant’s Ethics and the Same-Sex Marriage Debate - An Introduction

  • Christopher Arroyo

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. The Same-Sex Marriage Debate & Some Basics of Kant’s Ethics

  3. Gender, Sex, and Marriage in Kant’s Ethics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 181-184

About this book


This book defends the thesis that Kant’s normative ethics and his practical ethics of sex and marriage can be valuable resources for people engaged in the contemporary debate over same-sex marriage.  It does so by first developing a reading of Kant’s normative ethics that explains the way in which Kant’s notions of human moral imperfection unsocial sociability inform his ethical thinking.  The book then offers a systematic treatment of Kant’s views of sex and marriage, arguing that Kant’s views are more defensible than some of his critics have made them out to be.  Drawing on Kant’s account of marriage and his conception of moral friendship, the book argues that Kant’s ethics can be used to develop a defense of same-sex marriage.


Case Against Same-sex Marriage Different Species of Love in Kant Distinctive Human Faculties Distinguishing Sex from Gender Feeling, Desire, Reason Good Will and Kantian Virtue Heteronomous Principles of Action Homosexuality and Marriage Human Predispositions to Good Human Propensity to Radical Evil In Support of Same-sex Marriage Kant and Same-Sex Marriage Kant on Ethics, Sex, and Marriage Kantian Ethics and Same Sex-Marriage Kantian Philosophical Anthropology Kant’s Account of Sexual Character Marriage as an Institution Moral Law and Human Autonomy Same-Sex Marriage Sex, Gender, and Nature

Authors and affiliations

  • Christopher Arroyo
    • 1
  1. 1.Philosophy DepartmentProvidence CollegeProvidenceUSA

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