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Against Marriage: An Egalitarian Defense of the Marriage-Free State

Clare Chambers


Against Marriage: An Egalitarian Defence of the Marriage-Free State is a critique of the state recognition of marriage and a proposal for an alternative form of regulation. Part One, ‘Against Marriage’, sets out the critique. State-recognized marriage is unjust as it violates two fundamental values: equality and freedom. Marriage has historically been an instrument for maintaining inequality between men and women both practically, through laws, and symbolically, through norms. Marriage also violates equality between same-sex and different-sex couples. Reform can remove some of these inequaliti ... More

Keywords: Marriage, feminism, egalitarian, marriage-free state, personal relationships, equality, regulation, discrimination, liberty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198744009
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198744009.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Clare Chambers, author
University Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Cambridge