The Family by Helen Dendy BosanquetThe Family by Helen Dendy Bosanquet

The Family

byHelen Dendy Bosanquet

Paperback | January 14, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1906. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... INTRODUCTORY What is a Family, and what is its purpose? No one will feel himself at a loss in answering the question; man, woman, and child, the "practical syllogism," two premisses and their conclusion, these in their combination form the Family, and the purpose of the combination is the mutual convenience and protection of all the members belonging to it. This is the Family as we know it and see it amongst us, without pausing to reflect upon it. Nevertheless in its past history, its present significance, and its importance for the future, it involves a whole heaven and earth beside. Even as we conceive it in this simplest form there is ambiguity and doubt involved. Must the union which constitutes a Family be permanent and exclusive in its nature, or may the individual members under given conditions break away and form fresh families with other individuals? It is a question which the law of the land decides one way, but which the Church would fain decide the other. Is the relation between parents and children one of mutual responsibility, or is it binding upon one side alone? There have been times when the rights of parents and the duties of children were almost exclusively predominant; but to-day more would be found to emphasise the rights of children and duties of parents, while not a few treat the relationship of duty or responsibility between parents and children at all as obsolete. But apart from these ambiguities, in our simplest conception of the Family, we find it susceptible of the widest divergences of interpretation. In extent it has varied, and still varies, from signifying just one pair and their offspring to including all the generations which have sprung from any one known or reputed ancestor. In practice almost any degree between these two extr...
Title:The FamilyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:84 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:January 14, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:021728051X

ISBN - 13:9780217280518

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