The Wrong of Incest Between Consenting Adults
Q&A Radio: Sunday, 3 March 2013, Question 4
I answered a question on the wrong of incest between consenting adults on Philosophy in Action Radio on 3 March 2013. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.
Why is consensual incest between adults morally wrong? In late 2010, David Epstein, a professor of political science at Columbia University, was charged with incest for a consensual sexual relationship with his adult daughter. That case raised uncomfortable questions about the morality and legality of consensual incest. What constitutes incest? Why is it wrong? Should it be outlawed?
My Answer, In Brief: The primary evils of incest lie in exploitation and the destruction unleashed on the family – even when done purely by consenting adults. It should not be illegal, however.
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