One Child: Do We Have a Right to More? by Sarah ConlyOne Child: Do We Have a Right to More? by Sarah Conly

One Child: Do We Have a Right to More?

bySarah Conly

Hardcover | November 10, 2015

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A compelling argument for the morality of limitations on procreation in lessening the harmful environmental effects of unchecked population.We live in a world where a burgeoning global population has started to have a major and destructive environmental impact. The results, including climate change and the struggle for limited resources, appear to be inevitable aspects of a difficult future. Mandatory population control might be apossible last resort to combat this problem, but is also a potentially immoral and undesirable violation of human rights. Since so many view procreation as an essential component of the right to personal happiness and autonomy, the dominant view remains that the government does not have the right toimpose these restrictions on its own citizens, for the sake of future people who have yet to exist.Sarah Conly is first to make the contentious argument that not only is it wrong to have more than one child in the face of such concerns, we do not even retain the right to do so. In One Child, Conly argues that autonomy and personal rights are not unlimited, especially if one's body may cause harmto anyone, and that the government has a moral obligation to protect both current and future citizens. Conly gives readers a thought-provoking and accessible exposure to the problem of population growth and develops a credible view of what our moral obligations really are, to generations presentand future.
Sarah Conly is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Bowdoin College and the author of Against Autonomy: Justifying Coercive Paternalism (2012).
Title:One Child: Do We Have a Right to More?Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:November 10, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190203439

ISBN - 13:9780190203436

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Table of Contents

1. The Problem2. The Right to Have Children - Part One3. The Right to Have Children - Part Two4. Sanctions5. The Future6. Unexpected Consequences7. Conclusion: What and WhenIndex

Editorial Reviews

"Sarah Conly's book tackles an urgent, under-discussed topic: Is having children an unlimited, personal right? Or is this view no longer tenable in an era of vast increases in human population? Professor Conly rejects unlimited procreation rights and defends a one child per family limit as amoral imperative and perhaps as a legal requirement. This very fine book is clearly written, thorough in its treatment of the issues, and very fair to the opposing views." --Stephen Nathanson, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Northeastern University