Parent, Child, Husband, Wife: When Recognition Fails, Tragedy Ensues
Brigham Young University Journal of Public Law, Vol. 25, No. 2, 2011
17 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2011
Date Written: July 29, 2011
This article briefly notes some developments in the law and society of our present age regarding the understanding — the recognition — of marriage, fatherhood, motherhood, and the family. The article warns against a certain casualness, a confusion, perhaps even a certain promiscuity of thought, that has occasionally emerged in the law. Drawing on Sophocles' drama Oedipus the King and on the scriptural narrative of David and Bathsheba, the article investigates what might be called the "moral location" of the activity of recognition. It proposes that recognition of basic family forms is a process with a deep dimension. It apprehends that failure of recognition in such matters may sow the seeds of social tragedy.
Keywords: recognition, families, cohabitation, marriage
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