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The Moral and Political Status of Children

David Archard and Colin M. Macleod


There is a trend towards taking children seriously as distinct subjects of moral and political theory who have complex and evolving interests. Children are developing beings whose moral status gradually changes. This view is now generally accepted but its implications are variously understood. It is no longer possible to assume a simple harmony between the interests of children and those charged with the responsibility of rearing them. Indeed, the challenge is to deepen our understanding of children's interest and to explore how the conceptualization of these interests affects the character of ... More

Keywords: autonomy, children, distributive justice, education, interests, moral status, moral theory, political theory, rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199242689
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199242682.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Archard, editor
Reader in Moral Philosophy, University of St Andrews
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Colin M. Macleod, editor
Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Victoria, Canada

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