Play Away! Why Cheating is Morally Okay

Faculty/Professorship: Political Theory  
Author(s): Mayerhoffer, Daniel  
Title of the Journal: 360° - Das Studentische Journal für Politik und Gesellschaft
ISSN: 1863-8783
Publisher Information: Leverkusen : Budrich
Year of publication: 2017
Volume: 12
Issue: 1
Pages: 66-74
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.3224/360grad.v12i1.05
A lack of faithfulness in romantic relationships is often called a lack of morality. But things become less clear when taking a closer look using Hohfeldian incidents: while it is only supererogatory not to have sex with someone else than one's partner, not prohibiting them from doing so is a moral obligation to protect their liberty to act freely. There is no significant difference between having sex and other activities like playing football or between genuine friendships and good romantic relationships. Thus, the latter should, like the former, focus on the joy and positive feelings both parties can get - with each other or a third one.
Keywords: ethics, loyalty, adultery, man-women relationships, divorce
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Type: Article
Year of publication: 26. June 2018
Intersectional Topic: Geschlechtersensible Forschung