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IS ADULTERY ALWAYS WRONG There have been many views on the subject of adultery many reasons why a spouse would be adulterous as well as many questions linking adultery to immorality Adultery literally refers to married persons having sexual intercourse with someone other than their spouse Adulterous behavior can be seen to fall within the domain of morality Richard Wasserstrom 1979 believes that there are two arguments for the immorality of adultery these are 1 The fact the adultery involves the breaking of a promise the promise of sexual exclusivity The breaking of a promise is very hurtful to the person who is not committing the adultery This is one of the things that both parties promise each other when they enter into marriage 2 The immorality of adultery is also wrong as it links deception to adultery When this connection exists it is clear that deception is wrong and therefore so is adultery Adultery will always contain some form of deception For example a clear case is that of the telling of lies but deception also occurs when no lies are told that is when heshe has sex with someone other than their spouse and simply does not tell their spouse about it then this is still deception Therefore we can see that adultery can involve active and passive deception However Mike Martin 1994 believes that Wasserstroms rule-orientated approach to morality is an inadequate one He says that we need an expanded conception of morality as encompassing ideals and virtues in particular the moral ideas of love and virtues that enable one to pursue those ideals 1994 78 It is important to note that he says that the ideals of love are entirely optional Martins ethics of adultery is divided between making commitments and keeping them His primary commitment is to love each other and his secondary commitment is that of sexual exclusivity Marriage is
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