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Clare Chambers
Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Cambridge

Clare Chambers is a senior lecturer of philosophy and fellow of Jesus College at the University of Cambridge. Her latest book is Against Marriage: An Egalitarian Defence of the Marriage-Free State (2017).

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Political Philosophy
Against marriage

Marriage is what happens when the state gets involved in endorsing and regulating personal relationships. It’s a bad idea

Clare Chambers