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Who Controls the Marriage Decision? Stone and Macfarlane: Opposed Accounts

David Braybrooke, Bryson Brown, Peter K. Schotch and Laura Byrne

in Logic on the Track of Social Change

Published in print December 1995 | ISBN: 9780198235309
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679056 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198235309.003.0005

Series: Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy

Who Controls the Marriage Decision? Stone and Macfarlane: Opposed Accounts

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This chapter, which incorporates some results of a preliminary study by Bryson Brown, undertakes to formalize the rules at issue in some of the statements about social change contained in two accounts of the history of marriage and the family: Lawrence Stone's The Family, Sex and Marriage in England, 1500–1800 and Alan Macfarlane's Marriage and Love in England. The aim is to demonstrate that Stone and those who argue with him are discussing social rules as our formulations understand them. If Stone (and Macfarlane) have seemed to some historians to be much more schematic than most in their approach to history, that makes them all the more suitable for our purposes of illustration.

Keywords: logic; rules; social change; history; marriage; family; Lawrence Stone; Alan Macfarlane

Chapter.  12330 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic

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