Monday, September 19, 2011

Thom Brooks on "The Problem with Polygamy"

. . . originally appeared in Philosophical Topics 37 (2009), pp. 109-22 (forthcoming in Thom Brooks (ed.), Justice and the Capabilities Approach (2012)) and found here. The paper's abstract:

"Polygamy is a hotly contested practice and open to widespread misunderstandings. This practice is defined as a relationship between either one husband and multiple wives or one wife and multiple husbands. Today, ‘polygamy’ almost exclusively takes the form of one husband with multiple wives. In this article, my focus will centre on limited defences of polygamy offered recently by Chesire Calhoun and Martha Nussbaum. I will argue that these defences are unconvincing. The problem with polygamy is primarily that it is a structurally inegalitarian practice in both theory and fact. Polygamy should be opposed for this reason."

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