Scott Yenor teaches political philosophy at Boise State University, where he is a Professor of Political Science. He lives with his wife, Amy, and five kids in Meridian, Idaho.
He got his Ph.D. from Loyola University in Chicago in 2000 and his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (1993). Scott Yenor is the author of Family Politics: The Idea of Marriage in Modern Political Thought, as well as articles on David Hume and the Scottish Enlightenment, presidential power, literature and politics, and other topics.
He is currently working on several things, such as a book about the principles of the family regime for the late modern world, a book about David Hume’s humanity, and an analysis of American Reconstruction.
In 2011, Dr. Yenor wrote a book called “Family Politics: The Idea of Marriage in Modern Political Thought.” Family Politics looks at how the world’s most important political thinkers have dealt with the family in their ideas.
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On ScholarWorks, you can find more of Dr. Yenor’s works. Dr. Yenor’s book Family Politics: The Idea of Marriage in Modern Political Thought is talked about in an interview with Dr. J from The Ruth Institute.
In this podcast, Dr. Yenor talks about how political and cultural ideas shape the way people see family and marriage. Many modern thinkers think that marriage and family life are based on the idea of consent, and they aren’t against changing the family as part of their efforts to change society as a whole.
Others think that these modern ideas tend to be imperialistic and make it hard to see things clearly, which hurts marriage and family life. Consent is not enough to explain most of what goes on in marriage and family life, and there are important limits to our ability to change this important human institution, such as the nature of love and the importance of the body.