Back to the future: Marriage as friendship in the thought of Mary wollstonecraft

Hypatia 14 (3):78-95 (1999)
Abstract
: If liberal theory is to move forward, it must take the political nature of family relations seriously. The beginnings of such a liberalism appear in Mary Wollstonecraft's work. Wollstonecraft's depiction of the family as a fundamentally political institution extends liberal values into the private sphere by promoting the ideal of marriage as friendship. However, while her model of marriage diminishes arbitrary power in family relations, she seems unable to incorporate enduring sexual relations between married partners.
Keywords Mary Wollstonecraft  friendship  marriage  liberalism  Susan Okin  family  John Stuart Mill
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