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Wing to Wing, Oar to Oar: Readings on Courting and Marrying (Ethics of Everyday Life) Paperback – January 29, 2000
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About the Author
Leon R. Kass is the Addie Clark Harding Professor (on leave) in the Committee on Social Thought and the College at the University of Chicago and Hertog Fellow in Social Thought at the American Enterprise Insti-tute. Currently Chairman of the President's Council on Bioethics, he is the author of three books, most recently "Life, Liberty, and the Defense of Dignity: The Challenge for Bioethics, " and coauthor of two more. He lives in Washington, D.C., and Chicago.
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Top Customer Reviews
Others say that Leon and Amy Kass have written the best answer to modern misunderstandings and mistakes concerning marriage and sexual relationships.
They are accused of trying to force their narrow, archaic views of the sexual nature of humanity.
They are also accused of depending strangely on ancient writings that have little 'scientific' value.
Leon and Amy Kass admit themselves that most of the writings they draw from are old--but the value of such writings is in finding what the people who wrote them have in common with modern times.
Basic facts of life--like the connection between sexuality and reproduction, the connection between monagomy and stable societies, and the connection between morality and healthy relationships--are the themes that hold this book together.
The book tends to question many modern assumptions--not for the purpose of turning back the clock, but for the purpose of finding a way to improve the future prospects in relationships, marriages, and society in general.
At no point do the editors preach to the reader. Instead, they encourage the reader to think--and to feel--and to explore the meaning of being a human being.
This book is written for college-level reading, although an intelligent high school student (one who has been trained to think for himself) can readily understand it.
This book met all of these expectations and more. My (now) wife and I re-read much of this book while we were dating and engaged, and it provided numerous hours for discussions about out thinking on marriage.
This book should be preferred reading for college age or older folks seriously interested in courtship/marriage, and want a larger frame of reference than the current culture. The articles are relavant, thought-provoking, and the best of western literature. It would also make an excellent source for a discussion group.
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The book has a great cross section of stories to read that are enlightening. The only criticism would be that the exeprts from longer books be put into better context for a reader... Read morePublished on April 8, 2013 by Cleopatra
I bought this for a Family and Politics class. The readings that the Kasses have gathered are essential not for every individual, but for our society that de-emphasizes marriage... Read morePublished on March 1, 2013 by Joe Ralias
This a wonderful book with lots of informative essays for any person studying courtship and marriage or just wishing to learn more about how to have a successful relationship. Read morePublished on February 19, 2012 by TayRob2015
If you don't like reading "classic" literature - that is, literature from another time, place and era, with a perspective utterly distinct (and even contrary) to our own - don't... Read morePublished on November 9, 2004 by Abnobel
Natasha pretends to be a stone-hard woman who stands at the crossroads of social change while wondering in aristocratic fashion why so many stand in the way of Herstory; in reality... Read morePublished on May 3, 2002