Permissible Progeny?: The Morality of Procreation and Parenting

Hardcover | October 19, 2015

EditorSarah Hannan, Samantha Brennan, Richard Vernon

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This volume contributes to the growing literature on the morality of procreation and parenting. About half of the chapters take up questions about the morality of bringing children into existence. They discuss the following questions: Is it wrong to create human life? Is there a connectionbetween the problem of evil and the morality of procreation? Could there be a duty to procreate? How do the environmental harms imposed by procreation affect its moral status? Given these costs, is the value of establishing genetic ties ever significant enough to render procreation morallypermissible? And how should government respond to peoples' motives for procreating?The other half of the volume considers moral and political questions about adoption and parenting. One chapter considers whether the choice to become a parent can be rational. The two following chapters take up the regulation of adoption, focusing on whether the special burdens placed on adoptiveparents, as compared to biological parents, can be morally justified. The book concludes by considering how we should conceive of adequacy standards in parenting and what resources we owe to children.This collection builds on existing literature by advancing new arguments and novel perspectives on existing debates. It also raises new issues deserving of our attention. As a whole it is sure to generate further philosophical debate on pressing and rich questions surrounding the bearing and rearingof children.

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This volume contributes to the growing literature on the morality of procreation and parenting. About half of the chapters take up questions about the morality of bringing children into existence. They discuss the following questions: Is it wrong to create human life? Is there a connectionbetween the problem of evil and the morality of...

Sarah Hannan is Assistant Professor of Political Studies at the University of Manitoba. Samantha Brennan is Professor of Philosophy at Western University and co-editor of Philosophy and Death (Broadview, 2009) and The Broadview Anthology of Social and Political Thought (Broadview, three volumes, 2008-2012). Richard Vernon is Distingu...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:October 19, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199378118

ISBN - 13:9780199378111

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Sarah Hannan: Introduction: On The Morality of Procreation and Parenting1. David Benatar: The Misanthropic Argument for Anti-natalism2. Jason Marsh: Procreative Ethics and the Problem of Evil3. Anca Gheaus: Is There Ever a Duty to Have Children?4. Corey MacIver: Procreation or Appropriation?5. Elizabeth Brake: Creation Theory: Do Genetic Ties Matter?6. Steven Lecce and Erik Magnusson: Do Motives Matter? On the Political Relevance of Procreative Reasons7. Meena Krishnamurthy: We Can Make Rational Decisions to Have a Child: On the Grounds for Rejecting L.A. Paul's Arguments8. Andrew Botterell and Carolyn McLeod: Can a Right to Reproduce Justify the Status Quo on Parental Licensing?9. Jurgen deWispelaere and Daniel Weinstock: Privileging Adoption over Sexual Reproduction? A State-Centered Perspective10. Colin MacLeod: Parental Competency and the Right to Parent11. Matthew Clayton: How Much Do We Owe to Children?