Justice And Legitimacy In Upbringing

Hardcover | April 6, 2006

byMatthew Clayton

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Issues concerning the upbringing of children are among the most contested in modern political debate. How should childrearing rights and resources be distributed between families? To what extent are parents morally permitted to shape the beliefs and desires of their children? At what ageshould children acquire adult rights, such as the right to vote? Justice and Legitimacy in Upbringing sets out a liberal conception of political morality that supports a set of answers to these questions which many liberals have been reluctant to accept. The central argument is that the ideals of justice and individual autonomy place significant constraints on both governments and parents. Clayton insists that while their interests should count directly in allocating childrearing rights, parents should exercise their rights in accordance with theseliberal ideals. He argues that we owe our children a childhood that develops their sense of justice, but in which further attempts to enrol them into particular religious practices, for instance, are illegitimate. Justice and Legitimacy in Upbringing is a work of applied political philosophy thatwill be of interest to students of political theory, the philosophy of education, and social and public policy.

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Issues concerning the upbringing of children are among the most contested in modern political debate. How should childrearing rights and resources be distributed between families? To what extent are parents morally permitted to shape the beliefs and desires of their children? At what ageshould children acquire adult rights, such as the...

Matthew Clayton is at Lecturer in Political Theory, University of Warwick.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.74 inPublished:April 6, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199268940

ISBN - 13:9780199268948

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Liberal Foundations2. Childrearing Rights and Their Distribution3. Parents and Public Reason4. Education for Justice5. The Voting AgeBibliography