What is a family? In this podcast, Scott Yenor, Professor and the Chair of the Department of Political Science at Boise State and author of Family Politics: The Idea of Marriage in Modern Political Thought, discusses how family and marriage are viewed through the prism of political and cultural beliefs. Many modern thinkers see marriage and family life as defined by the principle of consent and are not averse to reforming the family as part of their larger efforts to reform society. Others feel that these modern principles tend to be imperial and to cloud our vision to the detriment of marriage and family life. Consent is not adequate to explain most of the reality of marriage and family life, and there are important limits (including the nature of love and the importance of the body) on our ability to reform this central human institution.
Original story posted on BEYOND THE BLUE.