Argument On The Morality Of Adultery

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A Short Argument on the Morality of Adultery The recent discussion of Richard Wasserstrom’s article “Is Adultery Immoral” has raised a controversial issue of whether the view that adultery is immoral is indeed a valid view. On the one hand Wasserstrom presents two of the standard reasons why we would consider it immoral, because it breaks a promise and because adultery involves deception. From this perspective, we might automatically assume that adultery is immoral based on the following simple train of thought. First, we can agree that breaking a promise is morally wrong and since adultery is the breaking of a promise therefore it is morally wrong as well. On the other hand, however, others would argue that adultery is not immoral. They might present a situation such as the following one which Wasserstrom uses in his article. It goes like this “Let us imagine that a husband and wife have what is today sometimes characterized as an “open marriage.” Suppose, that is that they have agreed in advance that extramarital sex is – under certain circumstances - acceptable behavior for each to engage in”(202). Using this idea they could argue as Wasserstrom does that in such a situation if there were no deception between any of the parties involved and clearly no promise has been broken therefore the adultery couldn’t be considered immoral. Thus those in opposition to the position that adultery is immoral could go on to state that at the maybe adultery isn’t always immoral or at
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