Introduction: Uncivil Unions

in Uncivil Unions

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780226136936
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226136950 | DOI:
Introduction: Uncivil Unions

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This book reports the story of a number of theorists of marriage who attempted to sidestep both the dictates of empirical reality and the precepts of conventional morality or theology, and instead sought to explain and structure the marital relation with respect to metaphysics, in particular to the philosophy of subjectivity. Marriage balanced an insistence on self-determination and an insistence on the necessarily social character of human beings. The Romantic and early Idealist understanding of marriage as an uncivil union served both the anarchistic and the communitarian inclinations of those that promulgated them. This book also rebuilds the link of traditional political philosophy and a political theory of marriage that at first blush seems to have very little in common with that tradition. An overview of the chapters included in this book is given.

Keywords: marriage; morality; theology; human beings; uncivil union; political philosophy; political theory

Chapter.  14993 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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