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One Child: Do We Have a Right to More?

Sarah Conly


This book argues that at present we don’t have a right to have more than one child. The world is suffering serious environmental degradation, and we can foresee that as the population rises this degradation will become more and more severe. This, in turn, causes grave suffering for others. We don’t have a right to commit acts that have this likelihood of causing great harm. Rights generally are thought to arise from either of two bases: interests and the exercise of autonomy. The book argues that we don’t have any basic interest in having more than one child, so we cannot insist on this as nec ... More

Keywords: overpopulation, environment, right to have children, population control, one-child policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190203436
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190203436.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Conly, author
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Bowdoin College

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