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Author Brighouse, Harry.

Title Family values : the ethics of parent-child relationships / Harry Brighouse and Adam Swift.

Publication Info. Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2014]


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Description xix, 216 pages ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-211) and index.
Contents 1. Liberty, equality, family : Introduction ; Liberalism and the family ; Equality and the family -- 2. Justifying the family : Introduction ; Children ; Adults -- 3. Parents' rights : Introduction ; Conferring advantage ; Shaping values.
Summary The family is hotly contested ideological terrain. Some defend the traditional two-parent heterosexual family while others welcome its demise. Opinions vary about how much control parents should have over their children's upbringing. Family Values provides a major new theoretical account of the morality and politics of the family, telling us why the family is valuable, who has the right to parent, and what rights parents should--and should not--have over their children. Harry Brighouse and Adam Swift argue that parent-child relationships produce the "familial relationship goods" that people need to flourish. Children's healthy development depends on intimate relationships with authoritative adults, while the distinctive joys and challenges of parenting are part of a fulfilling life for adults. Yet the relationships that make these goods possible have little to do with biology, and do not require the extensive rights that parents currently enjoy. Challenging some of our most commonly held beliefs about the family, Brighouse and Swift explain why a child's interest in autonomy severely limits parents' right to shape their children's values, and why parents have no fundamental right to confer wealth or advantage on their children. Family Values reaffirms the vital importance of the family as a social institution while challenging its role in the reproduction of social inequality and carefully balancing the interests of parents and children.
Subject Families.
Families -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Parent and child -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Families. (OCoLC)fst01728849
Values. (OCoLC)fst01163906
Added Author Swift, Adam, 1961-
ISBN 9780691126913 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0691126917 (hardcover : alk. paper)
Standard No. 40023969062

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