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Sex, Family, and the Culture Wars

Sex, Family, and the Culture Wars
Sex, Family, and the Culture Wars
Extraordinary social and moral shifts have taken place in Western societies since the 1960s. Sex is no longer the exclusive province of husband and wife set within monogamous married family life. The world is awash in sex: advertising, books, magazines, movies, sex clubs, and internet pornography. This volume pursues a detailed study of how changes in social life dating from the sexual revolution in the 1960s have affected the American family
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  • Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- copyright Page -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- 1 Sex, Family, and the Culture Wars: An Introduction -- 1.1 Sex and the Family -- 1.2 Traditional versus Post-traditional Family Life: Contested Grounds in the Culture Wars -- 1.3 The Family and Its Role in Human Flourishing -- 1.4 Shifting Sexual Mores and Uncomfortable Social Consequences -- 1.5 A God's Eye Perspective on the Family -- 1.6 Four Heuristic Accounts of the Family -- 1.7 A Final Warning -- 2 The Family as a Sociobiological Reality -- 2.1 Sociobiology and the Human Family -- 2.2 Altruism, Kinship, and the Family: The Importance of Inclusive Fitness -- 2.3 Sexual Divergence-Human Reproductive Strategies and Sex Di?erences -- 2.4 Conclusion: Heterosexual Normativity, Patriarchal Families, Paternalism, and Other Political Controversies -- 3 The Family as a De Facto Category of Social Reality -- 3.1 The Family as a Central Category of Experience, Being, and Knowledge -- 3.2 The Family as a Sui Generis Category of Social Reality: The Being of the Family for Thought and Thought's Apprehension of the Family's Being -- 3.3 Individual Interactions that Become Familial Interactions -- 3.4 Conceptualizing the Social Implications of the Sociobiological Data -- 3.5 Conclusion: The Rejection of a Nominalist Account of the Family -- 4 God and the Philosopher Or Why a God's Eye Perspective Is Necessary to Secure a Particular Account of the Family -- 4.1 The Necessity of a God's Eye Perspective -- 4.2 God's Perspective on Reality as a Regulative Ideal -- 4.3 The Atheistic Methodological Postulate versus the Theistic Methodological Postulate: Competing Views of the Reality of the Family -- 4.4 Conclusion: Without God Moral Pluralism Cannot Be Resolved -- 5 The Family as a Liberal Social-Constructivist Social Entity -- 5.1 A Moral and Political Ideological Agenda
  • 5.2 Idealized Liberty and Equality -- 5.3 Homosexual Marriage and Other Nontraditional Families -- 5.4 The Liberation of Children -- 5.5 The "Mature Minor": Conceptual Puzzles -- 5.6 Conclusion: A Destructive Ethos -- 6 Deregulating Family Life: The Family as a Libertarian Constructivist Social Entity -- 6.1 Experiments in Living -- 6.2 Liberty as a Side Constraint-The Family as a Face-to-Face Voluntary Association -- 6.3 Families May Have Unequal Power Relationships, Embody Nonliberal Accounts of the Good, Discriminate, and Violate Redistributive Justice -- 6.4 Conclusion: The Limits of Legitimate Governmental Authority -- 7 The Family and the Fundamentalist Secular State: The Establishment at Law of a Fully Secular Ideology -- 7.1 Return to the Culture Wars -- 7.2 Faith in God versus Faith in Reason- The Creation of Secularism -- 7.3 The Attempt to Construct an International Secular Morality: The "Human Rights" Agenda -- 7.4 Deep Moral and Epistemological Ambiguity: Human Rights as a Modus Vivendi -- 7.5 Conclusion: A Secular World in Crisis -- 8 Sex, Abortion, and Ideological Entrenchment: At the Brink of Nihilism -- 8.1 Devout Secularism -- 8.2 Shifts in Taken-for-Granted Sexual Mores -- 8.3 Why Abortion Is Central -- 8.4 Living Honestly with Significant Moral Pluralism -- 8.5 At the Brink of Nihilism: Recapturing the Family -- References -- Index
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