The Moral and Political Status of Children by David Archard

The Moral and Political Status of Children

EditorDavid Archard, Colin M. Macleod

Hardcover | July 15, 2002

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The book contains contributions from thirteen distinguished moral and political philosophers on the subject of children. These are new essays and are devoted to a subject that until recently has not been extensively discussed by philosophers. Too often philosophers restrict themselves to theconsideration only of the relations between adults. Yet the topic of children is an important one for moral and political philosophy. Recent years have seen an increased concern with the needs and interests of young people. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child which accords awide range of fundamental rights to children was adopted in 1989 and many states have subsequently ratified the Convention. In this context it is timely and appropriate to ask various questions. If children do not have rights what exactly is their moral status? If they do have rights do they have all the rights that adults have? What rights if any do parents have over children and what is their justification? Whatduties do parents have towards their own children and towards others in society? How should we educate those who will be the future citizens and workers of our society? What values and what dispositions of character is it appropriate to instil in children? Is the family an obstacle to therealisation of full social justice? Can we in pursuit of justice contemplate the abolition of the family? The book covers the themes of children's rights, parental rights and duties, the family and justice, and civic education.

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David Archard is a Reader in Moral Philosophy, University of St Andrews. Colin M. Macleod is an Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Victoria, Canada.
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Title:The Moral and Political Status of ChildrenFormat:HardcoverPublished:July 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199242682

ISBN - 13:9780199242689

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David Archard and Colin M. Macleod: IntroductionI. Children and Rights James Griffin: Do Children Have Rights?Harry Brighouse: What Rights (If Any) Do Children Have? Samantha Brennan: Children's Choices of Children's Interests: Which Do Their Rights Protect?Barbara Arneil: Being versus Becoming: A Critical Analysis of the Child in Liberal TheoryII. Autonomy and EducationRobert Noggle: Special Agents: Children's Autonomy and Parental AuthorityEamonn Callan: Autonomy, Child Rearing, and Good LivesDavid Archard: Children, Multiculturalism, and EducationJoe Coleman: Answering Susan: Liberalism, Civic Education, and the Status of Younger PersonsIII. Children, Families, and JusticeHillel Steiner: Silver Spoons and Golden Genes: Talent Differentials and Distributive JusticePeter Vallentyne: Equality and the Duties of Procreators Colin M. Macleod: Liberal Equality and the Affective FamilyShelley Burtt: What Children Really Need: Towards a Critical Theory of Family StructureVeronique Munoz-Darde: Family, Choice, and Distributive Justice