Martin Sticker on "Kant’s case against Heterosexual Marriage"

The Norwegian Kant Society and Filosofisk seminar invite you to the lecture "Kant's Case against Heterosexual Marriage" by Martin Sticker, research fellow at Trinity College Dublin. The seminar is open for everyone, and will be followed by a reception on the third floor of Georg Morgenstiernes hus.

18th century portrait of Immanuel Kant, artist unknown

18th century portrait of Immanuel Kant, artist unknown (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)


My paper reconsiders Kant’s conception of marriage against the background of his remarks on the differences between men and women. I argue that, despite what Kant says about the immorality of homosexual intercourse, his framework of marriage and gender is more open to same-sex marriage than to heterosexual marriage. For Kant, marriage requires equality between the spouses. Given Kant's notion of the inequality between men and women Kant cannot approve of heterosexual marriage, according to his own account. Matters are different for same-sex couples, since same-sex partners are not immediately affected by the inequalities that obtain between the sexes. Same-sex couples therefore more easily satisfy the crucial equality condition Kant puts on marriage.

About Martin Sticker

Martin Sticker received his PhD from the University of St Andrews in 2014 on a thesis on "Common Human Reason in Kant's Philosophy - A Study in Kant's Moral Psychology and Philosophical Method". In 2012, Sticker was an academic visitor at the University of Notre Dame's philosophy department. From 2014 to 2016 he was a lecturer at the University of Göttingen. Since October 2016 Sticker is an IRC funded research fellow in Trinity College Dublin's philosophy department and with a desk in the Trinity Long Room Hub, Arts & Humanities Research Institute.

Published Jan. 17, 2017 6:06 PM - Last modified Jan. 17, 2017 6:13 PM