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The Ethics of Parenthood$
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Norvin Richards

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199731749

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731749.001.0001

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Raising a Child

Raising a Child

(p.139) 6 Raising a Child
The Ethics of Parenthood

Norvin Richards (Contributor Webpage)

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What is required by the parental obligation to raise our children? The answer must balance claims that the larger society has in the matter, claims that the child has while still a child, claims that he or she will have after becoming an adult (once characterized by Joel Feinberg as a right to an open future), and claims that the parents have to a certain latitude in the way they raise their child. The chapter argues that these are properly balanced if (l) the parental goal is to equip the child to be a good person whose life does well at delivering what he or she wants, is reasonably happy with that life, and has a reasonable sense of his or her possibilities, and (2) the child participates in the way this goal is sought, in a manner described.

Keywords:   parents, children, parental obligations, raising children, parental latitude, right to an open future, Joel Feinberg, happiness

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