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All in the Family: On Community and Incommensurability
Western political philosophers since Plato have used the family as a model for harmonious political and social relations. Yet, far from being an uncontentious domain for shared interests and common values, the family is often the scene of intense interpersonal conflict and disagreement. In All in the Family, the political theorist Kennan Ferguson reconsiders the family, in ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published June 19th 2012 by Duke University Press Books
(first published January 1st 2012)
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If families negotiate and overcome such deep divides, misunderstandings, silences—even across species—shouldn’t political theory get over thinking of pluralism as a barrier to living together? Isn’t it time that politics grew up to embrace difference? All in the Family is creative, original yet quite accessible. It flips the cliche of “family values” on its head and corrects the oversimplification of “all one big family” discourse, only to make the analogy of the family both more realistic and m ...more