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Procreation and ParenthoodThe Ethics of Bearing and Rearing Children$
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David Archard and David Benatar

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199590704

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590704.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Procreation and Parenthood

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David Archard (Contributor Webpage)

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The Introduction to the book provides an overview of the ethics of procreation and parenthood, which contextualizes the book's contributors' chapters, refers to some of the extant literature on the topic, and offers a brief conspectus of each chapter. In respect of the ethics of procreation it considers the moral relevance of the distinction between natural and artificial means of procreation, the claim that procreation is only morally permissible within marriage, the ethics of creating future possible people, reproductive freedom, disability, and enhancement. In respect of the ethics of parenthood, it considers critiques of the family, the various possible conceptions of parenthood, how parenthood might be distributed, and parental rights and parental duties.

Keywords:   reproduction, marriage, future possible people, disability, enhancement, conception of parenthood, parental rights, parental duties, proprietarianism

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