More on Marriage, Polyamory, Friendship, etc.

See my recent paper on polyamorous and other subversive weddings: “Do Subversive Weddings Challenge Amatonormativity? Polyamorous Weddings and Romantic Love Ideals.”

See my recent review of Clare Chambers’ Against Marriage!

More work on marriage, polyamory, friendship and the history of philosophy of 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 with various perspectives address these questions, and more.

Link to 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)

This volume brings together new essays in law and philosophy on a broad range of topics in children’s and family law. It is the first volume to bring together essays by legal scholars and philosophers for an integrated, critical analysis of key issues in this area, marking the ‘coming of age’ of a comparatively new field of family law.

A wide range of perspectives is represented on topics such as same-sex marriage, polygamy and polyamory, alimony, unmarried 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. There is also philosophical discussion of concepts such as care, intimacy, and the nature of family and family law itself.


More of my writing on marriage, polyamory, and care

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

“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.

Very short overview of my views: “Why can’t we be (legally recognized) friends?,” theForum (LSE), September 2015.

On friendship, polyamory, and nomenclature: “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. 

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