By Milton C. Regan

ISBN-10: 019511003X

ISBN-13: 9780195110036

Modern marriage includes complicated notions of either connection and freedom. at the one hand, spouses are individuals of a shared neighborhood, whereas at the different they're discrete people with their very own detailed pursuits. Alone Together explores the ways that legislation seeks to house tensions among dedication and freedom in marriage. writer Milton Regan means that in simple terms shut consciousness to context can consultant us in figuring out what weight to assign to every measurement of spousal identification in a given surroundings. This interdisciplinary paintings has relevance to relations legislation, kinfolk reviews, feminist criminal idea, and the talk among liberal and communitarian social theorists.

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86 Lena goes on to elaborate on their arrangement: When we got married at City Hall, he insisted on paying the fee. I got my friend Robert to take photos. We held a party at our apartment and everybody brought champagne. And when we bought the house, we agreed that I should pay only a percentage of the mortgage based on what I earn and what he earns, and that I should own an equivalent percentage of community property; this is written in our prenuptial agreement. Since Harold pays more, he had the deciding vote on how the house should look.

89 While the external stance tells us that each person in a marriage is a distinct individual who must be treated fairly, Lena and Harold have made an effort to adopt the external stance on an ongoing basis with respect to the minute details of their daily lives. They are two spouses who seek continuously to preserve an acute sense of their distinct interests despite their marriage. In Sartre's terms, they seek to avoid "bad faith," 50 which leads people to "take refuge in the belief that decisions of principle or commitments on prior occasions M O M E N T S OF M A R R I A G E 23 hold sway over present choices.

21 Many feminists have argued that the one set of attachments in women's lives that has not been subject to assessment from an external stance has been the family. 25 Historically, social contract theory explicitly applied only to the realm of "public" authority, characterized as a domain constituted by the voluntary consent of its participants. The "private" sphere of the family, however, was deemed inconsistent with this principle because of women's ostensible "natural" inclination to nurture and identify with others.

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