7th Nomos Meeting

Marriage and Family

>> Barcelona (Spain), June 14-15, 2012
>> Departament de Lògica, Història i Filosofia de la Ciència,
>> Universitat de Barcelona | Montalegre, 6 | Sala de Juntes

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One of the main topics in feminist philosophy is the notion of marriage. Traditionally, feminist philosophers have disputed the underlying moral and legal rationales for the structure of marriage and the legal recognition of same-sex marriage. Recently, an increasing number of feminists have been focusing on the metaphysical status of marriage also in its correlation with the categories of family,parenthoodadoption and sexual orientation. Moreover, it is widely held in the socials sciences and humanities that family and marriage notions are socially constructed: family and marriage differ from one society to another and vary by legal jurisdiction, religious doctrine and culture.

Elizabeth Brake, in Minimizing MarriageMarriage, Morality, and Law (OUP, 2012) focuses on the plurality of possible adult caring relationships by proposing a new and innovative form of marriage, namely minimal marriage. The law should not restrict, Brake argues, the number or sex of the spouses, or require that that the exchange of marriage rights and responsibilities be reciprocal or be exchanged with one person. Rather, marital rights are exchanged reciprocally or asymmetrically. Thus, minimal marriage supports the view that some legal relationships could be sexual or economic, some nonexclusive sexual relationship but just caretaking relationships between adult family members or friends, others resemble traditional marriages or involve sharing a household without necessarily sharing sexual intimacies. Elizabeth Brake’s notion of minimal marriage explores a territory halfway between feminist theory and political philosophy and has implications for issues that are relevant in both fields: what is, fundamentally, marriage? What defines a family? Does marriage necessarily include procreation? What is it that makes someone a parent? What does make a woman (or man) a mother (or father)?; Is parenthood a biological or natural relationship? This workshop aims, therefore, to be an opportunity to confront ideas and opinions between young andmore experienced researchers on the topics at an international dimension and in an interdisciplinary perspective. The workshop will address these and related questions, including: family and adoption; reproduction, procreation and family; reproduction and sexuality; man and masculinity; sexuality and marriage; motherhood and fatherhood; marriage, same-sex unions and civil marriage.
Elizabeth Brake (PhD St. Andrews) is Associate Professor in Philosophy at the University of Calgary and specializes in ethics, political philosophy, and feminist philosophy. She also has research interests in philosophy and literature and the work of Kant, Hegel, and John Rawls. Her publications include “Marriage, Morality, and Institutional Value” in Ethical Theory and Moral Practice (2007), “Rawls and Feminism: What Should Feminists Make of Liberal Neutrality?” in the Journal of Moral Philosophy (2004), “Justice and Virtue in Kant’s Account of Marriage” inKantian Review (2005).

Main Speaker
>Elizabeth Brake (University of Calgary and Arizona State University)

> Heather Arnold (Leeds University)
> Chris Bennett (Sheffield University)
> Luis Duarte d’Almeida (Universidad de Girona and Churchill College, Cambridge)
> Serena Olsaretti (ICREA, Pompeu Fabra University and University of Cambridge)

> Sanja Bojanic Milutinovic (University of Belgrade)
> Claudia Compte (University of Valencia)
> Josep E. Corbí (University of Valencia)
> Manuel García-Carpintero (University of Barcelona)
> Esa Diaz Leon (University of Manitoba, Canada)
> Christopher (Toffa) Evans (University Autònoma of Barcelona)
> Chloë FitzGerald (University of Western Ontario)
> Teresa Marques (Logos/LanCog, University of Lisbon)
> Genoveva Marti (ICREA- University of Barcelona)
> José Martínez (University of Barcelona)
> Lina Papadaki (University of Creta)
> Daniele Santoro (LUISS University, Rome)
> Josefa Toribio (ICREA, Autòmona University of Barcelona)
> Giuliano Torrengo (LOGOS, University of Barcelona)
> Vera Tripodi (University of Barcelona)
> Andrew Williams (ICREA/ Pompeu Fabra University)

Organizing Committee
> Giuliano Torrengo (University of Barcelona)
> Vera Tripodi (University of Barcelona)

Research Projects
> “Perspectival Thoughts and Facts” ((CSD2009-00056),
> “Epistemología de los artefactos. Affordances, conocimiento práctico y artefactos epistémicos” (FFFI2009-12054),
> “Perceptual Discriminability: non-conceptual content and demonstrative concepts” (HUM2008-06164-C02-02/FISO)
> “The Nature of Assertion: Implications for Relativism and Fictionalism” ( FFI2010-16049)
> “Alternatives, beliefs and action” (FFI2009_09686)

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Organized by Nomos Network for Applied Philosophy