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How Ought We Treat Family in Political Liberalism? Implications of the Separation of Parent-Child Relationship and Marriage

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Julia-Maria Franz

University of Bayreuth, DE
About Julia-Maria

I want to thank Alex Voorhoeve for his helpful comments. I’m grateful to Jan-Willem van der Rijt, Lukas Beck and Aline Biedermann for their thoughts on earlier versions of this essay.

BA student in Philosophy and Economics (2012-2015). Her main areas of interest are in political philosophy and philosophy of action.

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Abstract

This essay intends to place family into Political Liberalism according to the debate among Okin and Rawls. I suggest the reconsideration of family as consisting of two distinct aspects – adult relationships as private associations and reproductive relationships between children and their parents as an institution of the basic structure. This enables to address concerns about effects of a gender biased society without implementing comprehensive doctrines in the political sphere. I criticise common justifications of state supported forms of adult partnerships. The replacement of reproductive relationships within the basic structure suggests a priority of basic rights of future citizens over parental rights.

How to Cite: Franz, J.-M., 2015. How Ought We Treat Family in Political Liberalism? Implications of the Separation of Parent-Child Relationship and Marriage. Rerum Causae, 7(1), pp.72–81.
Published on 01 Jan 2015.
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