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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

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

Scott Thomas Fitzgibbon (Boston College Law School) has posted "Parent, Child, Husband, Wife: When Recognition Fails, Tragedy Ensues" (25 BYU J. Public L. (2011)) on SSRN.  Here is the 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.


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This article is just to smart for me. I can only understand about half of the words that the author is using in it.

The short and the skinny of the issue is this, when individual members of society stop acknowledging the importance of the family unit, marriages fail and tragedy soon ensues.

Posted by: Tulsa Divorce Attorneys | Aug 18, 2011 10:55:08 AM

There is a lot of truth to this article.

Posted by: Oklahoma City Divorce Lawyers | Sep 20, 2011 7:08:47 PM

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