The Family in Christian Social and Political Thought

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199271962
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 8/30/2007
  • Series: Oxford Studies in Theological Ethics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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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