The Recovery of Family Life: Exposing the Limits of Modern Ideologies ( 2020 )

The Sexual Revolution, which has been underway since the 1950s, is a rolling revolution―a set of unfinishable ambitions, all affecting marriage and family life. Feminists want to “liberate” women from childrearing as well as the home and build a world “beyond gender”; progressives aspire to build a society where human beings can choose their natures; and sexual liberation theorists would take human beings “beyond repression.” These ideologies have sunk deeply into…

David Hume’s Humanity: The Philosophy of Common Life and Its Limits ( 2016 )

Scott Yenor argues that David Hume’s reputation as a skeptic is greatly exaggerated and that Hume’s skepticism is a moment leading Hume to defend common life philosophy and the humane commercial republic. Gentle, humane virtues reflect the proper reaction to the complex mixture of human faculties that define the human condition…

Family Politics: The Idea of Marriage in Modern Political Thought ( 2011 )

With crisp prose and intellectual fairness, Family Politics traces the treatment of the family in the philosophies of leading political thinkers of the modern world. What is family? What is marriage? In an effort to address contemporary society’s disputes over the meanings of these human social institutions, Scott Yenor carefully examines a roster of major and…