Diverse families, one law?

E-Mail Adresse für Einreichungen: sabine.hohl@philo.unibe.ch
Deadline: 31.03.2020
Call-Bezeichnung: Call for Papers
Ort: Universität Bern
Datum: 09.11.2020
Ende: 10.11.2020 --:--
Veranstaltende Institution: Institut für Philosophie, IFK Religious Conflicts

Today’s families differ widely in their form, internal organisation, lifestyle and values. At the same time, liberal states are in need of binding rules that serve to protect individuals’ and particularly children’s rights. Challenges arise when liberal values or socially recognized norms conflict with particular ways of organising family life, for instance, when some religious groups adhere to hierarchical gender roles in families that seem to thwart women’s equality. Furthermore, fast-paced changes in family structures as well as the expansion of reproductive technologies require answers from political philosophers and legal theorists on the question of how family diversity should be legally regulated.


Questions to be explored include, but are not limited to, the following:

• In the face of increasing family diversity, does it make sense to retain the concept of the family? If so, what defines the family?

• On what basis should parental rights be granted, and what do they include? Should a number of parents greater than two and/or parents with differential sets of rights and duties become a possibility?

• What rights do parents have to influence their children to adopt particular religious views or other conceptions of the good?


If you are interested in presenting a paper, please send us an anonymised abstract of no more than 500 words, as well as your contact information in a separate file.


Organisers: Anna Goppel, Sabine Hohl

Keynote: Elizabeth Brake

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