David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophy in the Contemporary World 13 (1):48-55 (2006)
In this article I challenge two common arguments against incest: the genetics argument (that incest is immoral because it might lead to the conception of a genetically deformed child), and the family argument (that incest is immoral because it undermines the family, the emotional center for the individual). These arguments, I contend, commit us to condemning not only incest, but also a wide range ofbehaviors that we currently permit. I thus present the reader with a dilemma: on pain of inconsistency, we must either accept certain forms of incest in order to maintain these other moral judgments, or reject these judgments in order to maintain our condemnation ofincest. The reader is free to decide which alternative is preferable, but I suggest that the former is a much less radical shift in our moral system as a whole
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Vera Bergelson (2013). Vice is Nice But Incest is Best: The Problem of a Moral Taboo. [REVIEW] Criminal Law and Philosophy 7 (1):43-59.
Jerome Neu (1976). What is Wrong with Incest? Inquiry 19 (1-4):27 – 39.
Nancy Potter (1995). The Severed Head and Existential Dread: The Classroom as Epistemic Community and Student Survivors of Incest. Hypatia 10 (2):69 - 92.
Courtney M. Cahill, Same-Sex Marriage, Slippery Slope Rhetoric, and the Politics of Disgust: A Critical Perspective on Contemporary Family Discourse and the Incest Taboo.
M. Nobel (1978). Incest. Journal of Medical Ethics 4 (2):64-70.
Alfred Owen Aldridge (1951). The Meaning of Incest From Hutcheson to Gibbon. Ethics 61 (4):309-313.
C. Farrelly (2008). The Case for Re-Thinking Incest Laws. Journal of Medical Ethics 34 (9):e11-e11.
R. Higgs (1985). Mum's the Word: Confidentiality and Incest. Journal of Medical Ethics 11 (2):100-104.
Andrew F. March, Marriage, Sex and Future Persons in Liberal Public Justification: Is There a Right to Incest?
Ben Spiecker & Jan Steutel (2000). A Moral-Philosophical Perspective on Paedophilia and Incest. Educational Philosophy and Theory 32 (3):283–291.
Christian kerslake (2004). Rebirth Through Incest. Angelaki 9 (1):135 – 157.
S. J. Harrison (1996). Mythological Incest: Catullus 88. Classical Quarterly 46 (02):581-.
R. Makarius & E. P. Halperin (1960). The Incest Prohibition and Food Taboos. Diogenes 8 (30):41-61.
Peter Hadreas (2002). Phenomenology and the Incest Taboo. Journal of Phenomenological Psychology 33 (2):203-222.
George F. Franko (1995). Incest and Ridicule in the Poenulus of Plautus. Classical Quarterly 45 (01):250-.
Added to index2011-01-09
Total downloads142 ( #9,788 of 1,699,588 )
Recent downloads (6 months)59 ( #4,784 of 1,699,588 )
How can I increase my downloads?