Harry Chalmers argues that monogamy involves restricting one’s partner’s access to goods in a morally troubling way that is analogous to an agreement between partners to have no additional friends. Chalmers finds the traditional defenses of monogamy wanting, since they would also justify a friendship-restricting agreement. I show why three traditional defenses of monogamy hold up quite well and why they don’t, for the most part, also justify friendship-restricting agreements (and why it doesn’t seem to matter when they do). In many cases, monogamy can be justified on grounds of practicality, specialness, or jealousy.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Journal of Value Inquiry|
|Early online date||12 Dec 2019|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2020|
Bibliographical noteThanks for Francesco Orsi, Derek Baker, Merily Salura, and an anonymous reviewer for their helpful comments, notes, and conversations.
Funding was provided by Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme.