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The Family in Christian Social and Political Thought$
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Brent Waters

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199271962

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271962.001.0001

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Modern Liberalism and its Critics

Modern Liberalism and its Critics

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(p.60) 2 Modern Liberalism and its Critics
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The Family in Christian Social and Political Thought
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BRENT WATERS

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271962.003.0002

This chapter assesses the rise of modern liberalism by examining the works of selected theorists and their fellow liberal critics. The first section summarizes the origins and subsequent development of modern liberal thinking on the family by examining the works of Hugo Grotius and Johannes Althusius, followed by contractarian (Thomas Hobbes and John Locke) and Kantian revisions. The following two sections contrast the works of leading liberal theorists John Rawls and Susan Moller Okin with critics Peter and Brigitte Berger and Christopher Lasch.

Keywords:   Johannes Althusius, Peter and Brigitte Berger, Hugo Grotius, Thomas Hobbes, Kant, Christopher Lasch, John Locke, Susan Moller Okin, John Rawls

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