What do we as a society, and as parents in particular, owe to our children? This book explores the aspects of the moral obligations owed to children by their caregivers. It includes the essays that reflect a mix of concern with the practical and the philosophical aspects of taking responsibility for children.
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Samantha Brennan is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario. Her main research interest is contemporary normative ethics and she is also interested in feminist moral and political philosophy. She has written numerous papers on moral rights and, with Robert Noggle, some on childrenas rights. Robert Noggle is a professor of philosophy in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of Central Michigan. His research interests include the relationship between moral theory and the nature of persons, personal autonomy, and the moral and political status of children. His most recent publications include aSpecial Agents: Childrenas Autonomy and Parental Authoritya (in The Moral and Political Status of Children , edited by David Archard and Colin McLeod, 2003).
Introduction - Taking Responsibility for Children; Raising Children: Who is Responsible for What?; Parental Responsibility; Children, Caregivers, Friends; Parent Licensing and the Protection of Children; Responsibility and Children's Rights: The Case for Restricting Parental Smoking; Political Liberalism and Moral Education: Reflections on Mozert v. Hawkins; Education in a Liberal Society: Implications of Ross; Could There Be a Right Not to Be Born an Octuplet?; Index.
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