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Uncivil UnionsThe Metaphysics of Marriage in German Idealism and Romanticism$
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Adrian Daub

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226136936

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226136950.001.0001

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Epilogue: Marriage after Metaphysics

Epilogue: Marriage after Metaphysics

(p.287) Epilogue: Marriage after Metaphysics
Uncivil Unions
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This chapter reviews the equally powerful idea that there is something ineluctably recalcitrant about family and marriage, something that outlasts the shifting affects it initially or intermittently rests on. The theory of marriage may have clung to metaphysical vestiges longer than other areas of philosophy. Søren Kierkegaard's belief that marriage may transcend human creaturely temporality was inspired in good part by protagonists of this study. Friedrich Nietzsche emphatically freed marriage from the kind of theological determinations Kierkegaard inherited from Franz von Baader. Otto Weininger's Sex and Charakter described sexual metaphysics. Alfred Schuler seized the very contradiction the metaphysics of marriage of “complete unification” were forced to confront in their various guises and iterations. For young protagonists of Jena Romanticism, marriage was authentic only insofar as it eschewed its institutional character in favor of complete identity with the feelings it expressed.

Keywords:   marriage, family, Søren Kierkegaard, Friedrich Nietzsche, Otto Weininger, Sex and Charakter, sexual metaphysics, Alfred Schuler, Jena Romanticism

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