Parental Responsibilities in an Unjust World

Colin M. Macleod

in Procreation and Parenthood

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199590704
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595547 | DOI:
Parental Responsibilities in an Unjust World

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This chapter examines the nature and normative strength of associative duties of parenthood. Such duties require parents to devote special attention to promoting the interests of their children and permit parents to devote less attention to meeting the needs and interests of other persons. These duties appear to conflict with considerations of distributive justice that seem particularly morally urgent in the unjust world in which we currently live. The chapter argues that there are genuine parental associative duties but the conflict between these duties and considerations of justice is not as deep as is commonly assumed.

Keywords: associative duties; parents; children; distributive justice; egalitarianism

Chapter.  8322 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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