The Ethics of Parenthood

The Ethics of Parenthood

by Norvin Richards
     
 

In The Ethics of Parenthood Norvin Richards explores the moral relationship between parents and children from slightly before the cradle to slightly before the grave. Richards maintains that biological parents do ordinarily have a right to raise their children, not as a property right but as an instance of our general right to continue whatever we have begun. The… See more details below

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In The Ethics of Parenthood Norvin Richards explores the moral relationship between parents and children from slightly before the cradle to slightly before the grave. Richards maintains that biological parents do ordinarily have a right to raise their children, not as a property right but as an instance of our general right to continue whatever we have begun. The contention is that creating a child is a first act of parenthood, hence it ordinarily carries a right to continue as parent to that child. Implications are drawn for a wide range of cases, including those of Baby Jessica and Baby Richard, prenatal abandonment, babies switched at birth and sent home with the wrong parents, and families separated by war or natural disaster.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199731749
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
07/06/2010
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1: The Rights of Biological Parents
Chapter 2: Who has Parent Rights?
Chapter 3: Whose Child is This?
Chapter 4: Abuse, Neglect, and the State
Chapter 5: The Autonomy of Children
Chapter 6: Raising a Child
Chapter 7: Moral Education
Chapter 8: Bad Behavior
Chapter 9: Loving One Another
Chapter 10: Having Grown Children
Chapter 11: Filial Obligations
Chapter 12: The Graceful Exit
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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