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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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The Fate of Marital Autonomy in the Nineteenth Century

The Fate of Marital Autonomy in the Nineteenth Century

(p.264) Chapter Eight The Fate of Marital Autonomy in the Nineteenth Century
Uncivil Unions
University of Chicago Press

This chapter illustrates that Friedrich Nietzsche is ambivalent on how to read the relationship between the commotion of feelings and the larger structure this commotion underwrites. It concentrates on Arthur Schopenhauer and Søren Kierkegaard. Kierkegaard was engaged with questions of sexuality and marriage. The general outlines of Schopenhauer's theory of sexuality focused on unconscious drives and the genetic interests of the species. Schopenhauer insisted upon the importance of the significance of unobstructed object choice in marriage. For Friedrich Adolf Trendelenburg, what made marriage an ethical institution is simply its projection in time, the fact that two human beings commit to keeping their raging egos in check vis-à-vis one another in perpetuity. Hermann Lotze explained the true object of a sexual ethics. Finally, the chapter addresses how marriage fared among the metaphysical astronomers.

Keywords:   sexuality, marriage, Friedrich Nietzsche, Arthur Schopenhauer, Søren Kierkegaard, Friedrich Adolf Trendelenburg, Hermann Lotze, sexual ethics

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