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Brent Waters examines the historical roots and contemporary implications of the virtual disappearance of the family in late liberal and Christian social and political thought. Waters argues that the principal cause of this disappearance is late liberalism's fixation on individual autonomy, which renders familial bonds unintelligible. He traces the history of this emphasis, from its origin in Hobbes and Locke, through Kant, to such contemporary theorists as Rawls and Okin. In response, Waters offers an alternative normative account of the family's role in social and political ordering, drawing upon the work of Althusius, Grotius, Dooyeweerd, and O'Donovan.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199271962
ISBN-10: 0199271968
Format: Hardback
(223mm x 147mm x 23mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 19-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - Brent Waters

Brent Waters is Director, The Jerre L. and Mary Joy Stead Center for Ethics and Values, and Associate Professor of Christian Social Ethics, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

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