Chapter

Our Connection to Our Contributions

David S. Wendler

in The Ethics of Pediatric Research

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780199730087
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199776689 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730087.003.0006
Our Connection to Our Contributions

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To determine to what extent making contributions as children can have implications for our interests it is first necessary to consider the connection between our childhood and our interests. To what extent does what happens in our childhood promote or thwart our interests? This chapter considers several skeptical accounts which imply that what we do, as contrasted with what happens to us, in our childhood has few if any implications for our interests. It then considers the question of what is involved in making a contribution to a valuable project and whether contributions necessarily must be active in order to affect our interests.

Keywords: active; passive; childhood; personal identity; overall interests; engagement

Chapter.  10454 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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