The Family in the Liberal Order
An America’s Founding and Future Lecture
Scott Yenor, Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science; Director, American Founding Initiative, Boise State University
Author of Family Politics: The Idea of Marriage in Modern Political Thought (2011)
The modern confusion about marriage consists of trying to conceive of marriage and family life in terms of contract. Defenders of marriage and family life must recover a language that may begin as a contract, but that transcends that contract in the forging of a common life. This means understanding the grounds and limits of marital unity and familial unity and appreciating the importance of the division of labor in the family.
Scott Yenor is Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science at Boise State University and Director of Boise State University’s American Founding Initiative, which aims to teach the principles of limited government, constitutionalism, and classical liberalism to the university community.
He has written on the Scottish Enlightenment, the relationship between revealed religion and philosophy, the corpus of Willa Cather, and presidential power. His new book, Family Politics: The Idea of Marriage in Modern Political Thought (Baylor, 2011), traces the treatment of the family in the philosophies of leading political thinkers of the modern world, from Locke and Rousseau to Hegel and Marx, to Freud and Beauvoir. He presents how these individuals developed an understanding of family in order to advance their goals of political and social reform.
Professor Yenor received his Ph.D. from Loyola University in 2000.