Chapter

The Great Sphere and Rights

Eamonn Callan

in Creating Citizens

Published in print September 1997 | ISBN: 9780198292586
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598913 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198292589.003.0006

Series: Oxford Political Theory

 The Great Sphere and Rights

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If we agree on the ends of political education, we may yet disagree about what the state may permissibly do to prosecute those ends. Disagreement on the latter is often prompted by considerations of parents’ rights. By according a necessary role to autonomy among the ends of political education, the theory defended in this book conflicts with the educational aspirations, and hence potentially with the rights, of parents who seek to perpetuate a way of life at odds with the demands of autonomy. It is shown that if a liberal political education respects the rights of children, it will at least require a degree of autonomous development necessary to surmount the state of ethical servility.

Keywords: autonomy; children's rights; parents's rights; political education; servility

Chapter.  14084 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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