Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Permissible Progeny? – The Morality of Procreation and Parenting - Oxford Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Permissible Progeny?: The Morality of Procreation and Parenting

Sarah Hannan, Samantha Brennan, and Richard Vernon


This volume contributes to the growing literature on the morality of procreation and parenting. About half of the chapters take up questions about the morality of bringing children into existence. They discuss the following questions: Is it wrong to create human life? Is there a connection between the problem of evil and the morality of procreation? Could there be a duty to procreate? How do the environmental harms imposed by procreation affect its moral status? Given these costs, is the value of establishing genetic ties ever significant enough to render procreation morally permissible? And h ... More

Keywords: adoption, children’s rights, environment, parenting, parents’ rights, procreation, morality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199378111
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199378111.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Hannan, editor
Assistant Professor of Political Studies, University of Manitoba

Samantha Brennan, editor
Professor of Philosophy, Western University

Richard Vernon, editor
Professor, Department of Political Science, The University of Western Ontario