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The problem with polygamy.

Brooks, Thom (2009) 'The problem with polygamy.', Philosophical topics., 37 (2). pp. 109-122.

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 center on limited defenses of polygamy offered recently by Chesire Calhoun and Martha Nussbaum. I will argue that these defenses 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.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Calhoun, Capabilities, Equality, Nussbaum, Political liberalism, Polyandry, Polygamy, Polygyny, Rawls.
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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.5840/philtopics20093727
Publisher statement:Brooks, Thom (2009) 'The problem with polygamy.', Philosophical topics., 37 (2). pp. 109-122.
Date accepted:No date available
Date deposited:01 May 2013
Date of first online publication:2009
Date first made open access:No date available

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