Polyamory In Black: A Companion Justification For Minimal Marriage
Justin L. Clardy (Santa Clara University), Justin L. Clardy (Stanford University, Santa Clara University)

October 26, 2022, 1:00pm - 2:30pm

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Rice University
University of British Columbia

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Abstract: Recently, American marriage has been scrutinized by philosophers and political theorists. For example, Elizabeth Brake has argued that marriage ought to be reformed because it unduly discriminates against friendships and other forms of caring non-monogamous relationships. Alternatively, Tamara Metz has argued that American marriage ought to be abolished because it violates the principle of liberal neutrality. On Metz’ view, marriage is drawn from comprehensive moral doctrines that posit marital relationships as having distinctive moral standing. While each of these rationales do just fine in problematizing American marriage, in this paper I offer and defend an additional and equally compelling rationale for minimal marriage. I argue that the dyadic condition on American marriage functions to uphold anti-black racism in a post civil rights era America.

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October 26, 2022, 1:00pm CST

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