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Children's Choices or Children's Interests: Which Do Their Rights Protect?

Samantha Brennan

in The Moral and Political Status of Children

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780199242689
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598715 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199242682.003.0004
 Children's Choices or Children's Interests: Which Do Their Rights Protect?

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The often‐posed dichotomy between the interest and choice theory of rights can obfuscate a proper understanding of children's rights. We need a gradualist model in which the grounds for attributing rights to a being change in response to the development of autonomy. Rights for children initially function to protect their interests but, as they develop into full‐fledged autonomous choosers, rights function to ensure that their choices, even those that do not serve their welfare, are respected.

Keywords: autonomy; choice theory; development; interest theory; rights; welfare

Chapter.  8527 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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