The Age of Majority

Matthew Clayton

in Justice and Legitimacy in Upbringing

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780199268948
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603693 | DOI:
The Age of Majority

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This chapter addresses issues of justice with respect to the end of childhood. Should there be an age at which certain legal rights become available to individuals and, if so, how should the appropriate age be determined? The chapter defends age-based discrimination against objections that it is unjust or undemocratic. It then considers the issue of the voting age and defends certain criteria for its determination.

Keywords: age of majority; discrimination; franchise; democracy

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Subjects: Political Theory

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