By Milton C. Regan
Modern marriage comprises advanced notions of either connection and freedom. at the one hand, spouses are individuals of a shared neighborhood, whereas at the different they're discrete people with their very own precise pursuits. Alone Together explores the ways that legislations seeks to house tensions among dedication and freedom in marriage. writer Milton Regan means that in basic terms shut realization to context can advisor us in identifying what weight to assign to every size of spousal id in a given environment. This interdisciplinary paintings has relevance to kin legislation, kinfolk stories, feminist felony concept, and the talk among liberal and communitarian social theorists.
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Hl Put differently, we must foster the opportunity for adoption of both the internal and the external stances. An internal stance toward marriage has some affinities with both the communitarian critique of liberalism and with emphasis on an ethic of care in contrast to an ethic of justice. " 142 These relationships are both a precondition for engaging in critical reflection and choice, as well as important sources of human value in their own right. Liberals acknowledge that we cannot call all of our commitments into question at once when we scrutinize our lives.
As a result, we develop the capacity to take the external stance and to mistrust others. Maintenance of the external stance reflects the desire to limit this vulnerability by keeping close tabs on costs and benefits. This comes at the price, however, of precisely the special good that we seek in personal relationships—bridging the distance between ourselves and another so as to reduce our sense of separation. 117 Trust involves a willingness to eschew the use of our capacity for mistrust. We may choose deliberately to trust another, by using M O M E N T S OF M A R R I A G E 25 information about the past to assess the likelihood of what will happen in the future.
These allow us to construct a composite account of how economics conceives of individuals' decisions to marry, the way that spouses relate to one another during marriage, and their willingness to seek a divorce. - 1 This theory conceptualises experience as a process in which individuals are continually confronted with a variety of options for behavior, each of which offers outcomes with differing amounts of costs and benefits. 1' The rational actor therefore must be able to compare the relative desirability of options and determine which combination of them will maximize her welfare.