International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Marriage and Meaningful Existence: A Philosophic Response to the Polemics on Marriage
Eegunlusi, Tayo Raymond Ezekiel, PhD; Laleye, Solomon Akinyemi, Ph.D

Marriage as a social institution and in its different forms serves different purposes fundamentally, it is argued to promote meaningful social existence. This position has been at the crux of academic debate between two scholars namely; Professor Segun Ogungbemi and Dr. Benson Igboin. This paper furthers the polemics on marriage by the duo by critically examining the strengths and weaknesses of their arguments on what precisely marriage is in contemporary age, its relationship with same-sex as a form of marriage, what constitutes meaningful existence as well as the possibility of same -sex practitioners having meaningful existence. The paper argued against the logical validity and soundness of the claims regarding incest by Adam and Eve. It also employed recent trends such as sologamy and sibling marriage to expand the frontiers of what should constitute marriage. In doing this, it adopts the analytical approach of the qualitative method of Philosophy.

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