More on Marriage


After Marriage

(ed. Elizabeth Brake, OUP 2016)

amShould marriage reform stop at same-sex marriage?

Should marriage be abolished?

Or made temporary – with 5-year renewable contracts?

Should it be opened to polygamists and polyamorists on an equal footing?

Does marriage help or harm children – and romantic love?

In this book, 10 philosophers debate these questions, and more, in new essays.

OUP page on After Marriage: Rethinking Marital Relationships, ed. Elizabeth Brake (New York: Oxford Univerity Press, 2016)


James Ryerson, The New York Times

Raja Halwani, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

Mara Marin, Hypatia


9780198786429Philosophical Foundations of Children’s and Family Law

edited by Elizabeth Brake and Lucinda Ferguson (OUP, 2018)

New essays in law and philosophy on a broad range of topics in children’s and family law.

Addresses topics such as same-sex marriage, polygamy and polyamory, alimony, cohabitation, gestational surrogacy and assisted reproductive technologies, child support, parental rights and responsibilities, children’s rights, family immigration, religious freedom, and the rights of paid caregivers as well as philosophical concepts of care, intimacy, and the nature of family and family law itself.

Short pieces on marriage, polyamory, asexuality, and care:

“Single on Valentine’s Day and Happily So” in The Conversation, 2021

Review of Clare Chambers’ Against Marriage, in Mind, 2019

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry on Marriage and Domestic Partnership, by Elizabeth Brake, updated 2016 

“Philosophers on the Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Ruling,” Daily Nous, June 29, 2015 (this brief response to Obergefell warns against amatonormativity as we celebrate same-sex marriage rights)

“Why can’t we be (legally recognized) friends?,” theForum (LSE), September 2015

“Just Care: What Society Owes the Elderly,” Philosop-her, January 16, 2015


“Do Subversive Weddings Challenge Amatonormativity? Polyamorous Weddings and Romantic Love Ideals,” Analize, 2018

“Recognizing Care: The Case for Friendship and Polyamory,” Syracuse Law and Civic Engagement 1:1 (2014

On the elderly and the index problem: “Fair Care: Eldercare and Distributive Justice,” Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, OnlineFirst 8/31/15: 1-20