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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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Parental Responsibilities in an Unjust World

Parental Responsibilities in an Unjust World

(p.128) 6 Parental Responsibilities in an Unjust World
Procreation and Parenthood

Colin M. Macleod

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the nature and normative strength of associative duties of parenthood. Such duties require parents to devote special attention to promoting the interests of their children and permit parents to devote less attention to meeting the needs and interests of other persons. These duties appear to conflict with considerations of distributive justice that seem particularly morally urgent in the unjust world in which we currently live. The chapter argues that there are genuine parental associative duties but the conflict between these duties and considerations of justice is not as deep as is commonly assumed.

Keywords:   associative duties, parents, children, distributive justice, egalitarianism

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