Parent, Child, Husband, Wife: When Recognition Fails, Tragedy Ensues

Brigham Young University Journal of Public Law, Vol. 25, No. 2, 2011

Boston College Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 233

17 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2011  

Scott Thomas Fitzgibbon

Boston College - Law School

Date Written: July 29, 2011

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Fitzgibbon, Scott Thomas, Parent, Child, Husband, Wife: When Recognition Fails, Tragedy Ensues (July 29, 2011). Brigham Young University Journal of Public Law, Vol. 25, No. 2, 2011; Boston College Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 233. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1898710

Scott Thomas Fitzgibbon (Contact Author)

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