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XVIII. the single will.

In an interesting paper on “Marriage and the family,” by Hermann Lotzc, lately translated by Professor Ladd, of Yale University, there may be found some very liberal views, for a German, in regard to marriage. He readily admits that “nothing but the ancient depreciation of the female sex could lead to the thought of a patria potestas (paternal authority), which ascribed to the father the unconditional right over the child's life and death.” He defines marriage as being a complete surrender of personality in respect to what is most peculiar to this personality, namely, the body; but instead of making this a wholly one-sided surrender, as has been too common with both civil and religious writers, he makes it distinctly and explicitly mutual. He finely says, following Kant in this, that “this complete surrender works no detriment to personal honor only in case it is returned by just as complete and unreserved surrender of the other personality in relation to all the interests of life.” From this he concludes, first, that marriage must be no temporary union, but a

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