Family Politics: The Idea of Marriage in Modern Political Thought

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Baylor University Press, 2011 - Philosophy - 362 pages

With crisp prose and intellectual fairness, Family Politics traces the treatment of the

family in the philosophies of leading political thinkers of the modern world. What is family? What is marriage? In an effort to address contemporary society's disputes over the meanings of these human social institutions, Scott Yenor carefully examines a roster of major and unexpected modern political philosophers--from Locke and Rousseau to Hegel and Marx to Freud and Beauvoir. He lucidly presents how these individuals developed an understanding of family in order to advance their goals of political and social reform. Through this exploration, Yenor unveils the effect of modern liberty on this foundational institution and argues that the quest to pursue individual autonomy has undermined the nature of marriage and jeopardizes its future.

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Contents

Nature Marital Unity and Contract in Modern
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Locke and the Invention of the Modern Family
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Rousseau and the Romance of Family Life
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About the author (2011)

Scott Yenor is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the American Founding Initiative at Boise State University.

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