The problem with polygamy

Philosophical Topics 37 (2):109-22 (2009)
<span class='Hi'>Polygamy</span> 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, '<span class='Hi'>polygamy</span>' almost exclusively takes the form of one husband with multiple wives. In this article, my focus will centre on limited defences of <span class='Hi'>polygamy</span> offered recently by Chesire Calhoun and Martha Nussbaum. I will argue that these defences are unconvincing. The problem with <span class='Hi'>polygamy</span> is primarily that it is a structurally inegalitarian practice in both theory and fact. <span class='Hi'>Polygamy</span> should be opposed for this reason.
Keywords polygamy  polygyny  polyamory  Calhoun  Nussbaum  political liberalism  equality
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DOI 10.5840/philtopics20093727
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