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Introduction

David Benatar and David Archard

in Procreation and Parenthood

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199590704
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595547 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590704.003.0001
Introduction

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The Introduction to the book provides an overview of the ethics of procreation and parenthood, which contextualizes the book's contributors' chapters, refers to some of the extant literature on the topic, and offers a brief conspectus of each chapter. In respect of the ethics of procreation it considers the moral relevance of the distinction between natural and artificial means of procreation, the claim that procreation is only morally permissible within marriage, the ethics of creating future possible people, reproductive freedom, disability, and enhancement. In respect of the ethics of parenthood, it considers critiques of the family, the various possible conceptions of parenthood, how parenthood might be distributed, and parental rights and parental duties.

Keywords: reproduction; marriage; future possible people; disability; enhancement; conception of parenthood; parental rights; parental duties; proprietarianism

Chapter.  10458 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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