Comparing Kant And Morality Of Marriage

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In contrast, there is a condition under which sexual impulses are acceptable without posing a threat to humanity. According to Kant, this condition is marriage, or as he calls it “Matrimonium.” In marriage, the couple do not only devote their sexuality, but their whole lives and person to each other. Through reason, each person has the right to the other’s whole person which allows them to have sexual desires towards one another without violating morality or humanity. Although Kant is right about marriage being a condition that allows couples to morally have sexual impulses, the marriage could have problems. Sometimes there is inequality if a person gives the other his sexuality, well-being and happiness while the other does not commit. There …show more content…
In this case, marriage creates a union and brings the two closer which makes sex acceptable and moral according to Kant. Marriage is also recognized by both religious and civil society as a period in life where two people have the right to have sexual impulses towards one another without the risk of violating their humanity. Within a marriage, the couple makes lifelong commitments to the well being of each other. In my opinion, marriage is the most moral way to satisfy sexual impulses but not the only moral way. I believe that true romantic love and affection between two consenting and moral adults is also a condition under which sexual impulses are morally acceptable. Some couples live together for many years or even their whole lives without getting married. This does not necessarily mean they love each other less than a married couple. Nowadays, getting married has become about who has the best wedding, most beautiful dress or most expensive ring. The wedding itself is more important than the sacred vows and promises made in the church. It is unfortunate that being married has almost become a label and is not as significant as it used to be in Kant’s generation. Relating back to my thesis, Kant’s view on marriage as the moral way to satisfy sexual impulses is true but there are other conditions that are also morally acceptable in …show more content…
By drawing examples from society today and comparing them to Kant’s arguments, it is noticeable that his views on moral and immoral sexual impulses are still present in today’s society – with a few changes, which is inevitable over time. When two people engage in sexual impulses to “solely satisfy their own appetite,” (156) they are taking away their humanity. Sexual desire remains an immoral crave, while human affection and love is moral and promotes well-being. Marriage still remains the most moral way to satisfy sexual impulses, but true human affection and the desire to produce offspring have also become acceptable ways to satisfy sexual impulses. I believe that as long as you dedicate yourself to a person and stay faithful to them, normal human sexual impulses towards them are moral. Lastly, sexual crimes continue to violate humanity because they are unnatural and involve the misuse of sexual inclinations for desire. Kant believes this is not ethical and humans should know better and respect themselves and others. Unlike animals, we have the ability to think and behave in moral ways. Today’s society has accepted homosexuality even though it is uncommon, and people continue to explore sexual impulses regardless of what is right or wrong. I believe Kant offers fundamental framework for what should be considered moral or immoral, and we

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