7. Consent, Mail-Order Brides, and the Marriage Contract

  1. Matthew C. Altman

Published Online: 6 OCT 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118114162.ch7

Kant and Applied Ethics: The Uses and Limits of Kant's Practical Philosophy

Kant and Applied Ethics: The Uses and Limits of Kant's Practical Philosophy

How to Cite

Altman, M. C. (2011) Consent, Mail-Order Brides, and the Marriage Contract, in Kant and Applied Ethics: The Uses and Limits of Kant's Practical Philosophy, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118114162.ch7

Author Information

  1. Ellensburg, Wash., USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 OCT 2011
  2. Published Print: 30 SEP 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470657669

Online ISBN: 9781118114162

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Keywords:

  • limitations of Kant's theory;
  • consent, mail-order brides and marriage contract;
  • Kant's ethics, being philosophically relevant;
  • Kant, and marriage as a legal institution, protecting women;
  • marriage, transforming the relationship in two ways;
  • sexual desire, being inherently objectifying for Kant;
  • consent and coercion;
  • mail-order marriages, paradigms of the Kantian marriage;
  • Kant's equality of exchange, with marriage accomplishing it;
  • Kantianism, ethics of marriage, undermining its moral function

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Purpose of Marriage

  • Consent and Coercion

  • Mail-Order Marriages as the Kantian Ideal

  • Treating Mail-Order Brides Merely as Means

  • Attempts to Criticize Mail-Order Marriages from a Kantian Perspective

  • Are Mail-Order Brides Coerced?

  • Questioning the a priori Basis of Kant's Ethics

  • Notes toward a Genealogy of Kantianism