The Right To Be Loved

Hardcover | November 12, 2015

byS. Matthew Liao

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S. Matthew Liao argues here that children have a right to be loved. To do so he investigates questions such as whether children are rightholders; what grounds a child's right to beloved; whether love is an appropriate object of a right; and other philosophical and practical issues. Hisproposal is that all human beings have rights to the fundamental conditions for pursuing a good life; therefore, as human beings, children have human rights to the fundamental conditions for pursuing a good life. Since being loved is one of those fundamental conditions, children thus have a right tobe loved. Liao shows that this claim need not be merely empty rhetoric, and that the arguments for this right can hang together as a coherent whole. This is the first book to make a sustained philosophical case for the right of children to be loved. It makes a unique contribution to the fast-growing literature on family ethics, in particular, on children's rights and parental rights and responsibilities, and to the emerging field of thephilosophy of human rights.

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S. Matthew Liao argues here that children have a right to be loved. To do so he investigates questions such as whether children are rightholders; what grounds a child's right to beloved; whether love is an appropriate object of a right; and other philosophical and practical issues. Hisproposal is that all human beings have rights to th...

S. Matthew Liao is the Director of the Bioethics Program, Associate Professor in the Center for Bioethics, and Affiliated Professor in the Department of Philosophy at New York University. He is interested in a wide range of issues in ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, moral psychology, and bioethics, has two forthcoming edited volumes ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.39 × 5.91 × 0.98 inPublished:November 12, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190234830

ISBN - 13:9780190234836

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AcknowledgementsIntroduction1. Can Children Have Rights?2. Human Rights as Fundamental Conditions for a Good Life3. Being Loved as a Fundamental Condition for Children4. The Possibility of a Duty to Love5. The Duty to Love: Who Has It and To What Extent?6. Regulating Biological Parenting: The Problem of Possibly Inadequate Parents7. Children without Adequate Parents and the Duty to AdoptConclusionNotesBibliographyIndex