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Socrates Café Dublin Message Board › Is marriage a worthwhile social institution?

Is marriage a worthwhile social institution?

Dublin, IE
Post #: 2
Hi Philosophers!

As Paul suggested, it's a good idea to 'leave a track' of what we've been talking about, so that we can have some insight into questions and ideas generated at other tables and give a brief impression to people who missed this session but want to 'keep an eye' on what's going on.

In our group we were discussing marriage - weather or not it is a worthwhile social institution. Among conclusions we found that it:

  • Offers stability, structure and recognition in community;
  • Requires 'shifting gears' from one phase to next (upbringing of children -> living together once they leave home);
  • Different faces of contemporary marriage: gay marriages, polygamy;
  • Marriage vs. civil partnerships;
  • Arranged marriages and likely reasons why they still occur;
  • The wedding day: in church, in city hall and 'humanist ceremonies'; the more guests the better?
  • Divorce as a threat and as a 'barrier of exit';
  • Evolution of the institution and cultural differences...

    As usual, we learnt a bit more about the topic. At times, we recollected what we already knew but needed to 'bring it to the surface'. As for the surface, despite more than an hour of constant talking, we merely scratched it, so you're welcome to reply to the thread with whatever jumps to your mind about love & marriage.

user 13458140
Dublin, IE
Post #: 1
Good summary Seb. We also discussed the role of structure in society, whether we refer to it as an institution or not, is beneficial for without structure chaos and degeneration would prevail. But when an institution fails to fulfill its role for the benefit of the people it needs to be amended. Also discussed various kinds of love when it comes to marriage with Western love being romantic and more individualistic than Eastern societies with marriage fulfilling a pragmatic, social or security role. (generalisations of course).
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