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The Ethics of Parenthood

Norvin Richards


It is argued that the strong claim biological parents have to raise their children isn't a property right but an instance of our general right to continue whatever we have begun. Implications are drawn for a wide range of cases in which there is a dispute over who should serve as parents to a child. Arguments are offered against saying that our only proper concern in such cases is the best interest of the child. A way is offered of also identifying what claims the various adults have in the matter and deciding how those are properly balanced with the child's own claims. The book also contends ... More

Keywords: parents, biological parents, disputed parenthood, children, autonomy, raising a child, grown children, filial obligations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199731749
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731749.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Norvin Richards, author
University of Alabama
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