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Minimizing Marriage: Marriage, Morality, And The Law (Studies In Feminist Philosophy) Paperback – 16 Mar 2012

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This is an important book, a meticulous, thorough, and innovative work of moral and political philosophy applied to a pressing contemporary dilemma. ... It is one of the most rigorous, comprehensive, and compelling political liberal treatments of the marriage question out there if not the best. (Tamara Metz, Social Theory and Practice)

provides fresh insight into a controversial topic and makes bold but thoughtful proposals that deserve consideration. (Natasha McKeever, Res Publica)

Brake's clearly argued thesis is a powerful alternative to more standard feminist views that would eliminate marriage as an institution. The author makes a very important contribution to all aspects of the current marriage debates. Highly recommended (CHOICE)

This a terrific book for anyone interested in "what happens next" in the field of marriage law. It is provocative, clear in its argument, well-grounded philosophically, and engages a wide range of recent books and articles on marriage. It aims at being controversial, and it succeeds. ... Brake sharpens understanding of the issues and possible paths forward in the ongoing debates about marriage and family law. (Mary L Shanley, TPM)

About the Author

Elizabeth Brake was educated at The Universities of Oxford (B.A.) and St. Andrews (M. Litt., PhD). Since 2000 she has taught in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Calgary, Canada; in 2011-2012 is a Visiting Associate Professor at Arizona State University. She has written on the construction of parental obligations, fathers' rights and responsibilities, and political liberalism, in addition to work on marriage.

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