Family Ethics

Edited by Anca Gheaus (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
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Summary What is a family? What, if anything, makes raising children in the family legitimate? Do family constitution and size matter morally, and how? How should families and other agents share responsibility for childrearing?
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  1. Parental Rights and the Importance of Being Parents.Liam Shields - 2019 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 22 (2):119-133.
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  2. Paternal Responsibility for Children and Pediatric Hospital Policies in Romania.Daniela Cutas & Anca Gheaus - 2019 - In What About the Family? Practices of Responsibility in Care. Oxford, UK:
    In this brief text we look at one instance of how gender norms continue to inform institutional treatment of parents regarding care for children: specifically, at how the exercise of fathers’ responsibilities for their children can be discouraged or altogether blocked.
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  3. Relaciones familiares y su incidencia en el desarrollo de valores morales en niños ecuatorianos.Xiomara Carrera-Herrera, Miury Placencia Tapia & Paulo Vélez-León - 2019 - Analysis. Claves de Pensamiento Contemporáneo 24:65-75.
    Las relaciones familiares tienen una cualidad única que no se producen en otros entornos y cada familia vive diferentes prácticas que la hacen ser irrepetible; esto permite un aprender–aprender como padres e hijos, además estás relaciones tienen correspondencia con el desarrollo de los valores que se manifiesta en familia y que finalmente son transmitidos en la sociedad. La investigación se realizó a nivel nacional a 1200 niños y niñas en edades comprendidas entre 8 a 11 años, pudiendo observar con más (...)
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  4. Equal Opportunity and the Family: Levelling Up the Brighouse‐Swift Thesis.Daniel Engster - 2017 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 36 (1):34-49.
    Although liberal political philosophers have long recognised the tension between equal opportunity and the family, most have assumed there is little society can do to mitigate it. Brighouse and Swift argue, by contrast, that an analysis of the value of the family reveals limits on the rights of parents to benefit their children and hence points to a way to reconcile the family with equal opportunity. Their solution for resolving the tension between equal opportunity and the family, however, leads to (...)
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  5. Ethics and the Endangerment of Children's Bodies G. Graf & G. Schweiger Basingstoke, Palgrave MacMillan Xix 283 Pp, £55.99 £66.99. [REVIEW]Rosana Triviño Caballero - 2017 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 36 (1):164-166.
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  6. Protection of Children's Rights to Self-Determination in Research.Gary A. Walco & Cheryl M. Sterling - 2003 - Ethics and Behavior 13 (3):237-247.
    Federal guidelines require that informed consent be obtained from participants when they are enrolled in a research study. When conducting research with children, the guidelines utilize the term permission to describe parents' agreement to enroll their children in a study. The basic components of consent and permission are well described and identical, with the exception of the person for whom the decision to participate is being made. Beyond permission, when enrolling minor participants in research, affirmative agreement to participate in research (...)
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  7. Sharing Care Responsibilities Between Professionals and Personal Networks in Mental Healthcare: A Plea for Inclusion.Elleke Landeweer - 2018 - Ethics and Social Welfare 12 (2):147-159.
  8. Between Parents.Joan Cusack Handler - 1994 - Feminist Studies 20 (1):86.
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  9. Why Childhood is Bad for Children.Sarah Hannan - 2018 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 35 (S1):11-28.
    This article asks whether being a child is, all things considered, good or bad for children. I defend a predicament view of childhood, which regards childhood as bad overall for children. I argue that four features of childhood make it regrettable: impaired capacity for practical reasoning, lack of an established practical identity, a need to be dominated, and profound and asymmetric vulnerability. I consider recent claims in the literature that childhood is good for children since it allows them to enjoy (...)
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  10. Why Childhood is Bad for Children.Sarah Hannan - 2018 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 35 (S1):11-28.
    This article asks whether being a child is, all things considered, good or bad for children. I defend a predicament view of childhood, which regards childhood as bad overall for children. I argue that four features of childhood make it regrettable: impaired capacity for practical reasoning, lack of an established practical identity, a need to be dominated, and profound and asymmetric vulnerability. I consider recent claims in the literature that childhood is good for children since it allows them to enjoy (...)
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  11. H. Brighouse & A. Swift Family Values. The Ethics of Parent–Child Relationships. [REVIEW]Danielle Zwarthoed - 2017 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 14 (5):597-600.
  12. Family Pictures. [REVIEW]Shelley M. Park - 2001 - Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering 3 (2):185-86.
  13. The Ethics and Politics of Child Naming.Eldar Sarajlic - 2018 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 35 (S1):121-139.
    This article examines the issue of justification of government's intervention in the parental acts of child naming, a neglected topic in the recent philosophical literature. It questions the ability of some of the current theories in family ethics to respond to this problem, and argues that both permissive and restrictive theories fail to provide a plausible argument about the proper limits of government regulation of child naming practices. The article outlines an alternative solution that focuses on the child's right to (...)
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  14. To Lie or Not to Lie? The Influence of Parenting and Theory-of-Mind Understanding on Three-Year-Old Children’s Honesty.Fengling Ma, Angela D. Evans, Ying Liu, Xianming Luo & Fen Xu - 2015 - Journal of Moral Education 44 (2):198-212.
    Prior studies have demonstrated that social-cognitive factors such as children’s false-belief understanding and parenting style are related to children’s lie-telling behaviors. The present study aimed to investigate how earlier forms of theory-of-mind understanding contribute to children’s lie-telling as well as how parenting practices are related to children’s antisocial lie-telling behaviors. Seventy-three three-year-olds from Hangzhou, P. R. China were asked not to peek at a toy in the experimenter’s absence. The majority of children who peeked, lied about it. Children’s lies were (...)
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  15. Caring for Frail Elderly Parents: Past Parental Sacrifices and the Obligations of Adult Children.Mark R. Wicclair - 1990 - Social Theory and Practice 16 (2):163-189.
  16. Homicide by Child Abuse: South Carolina Upholds Conviction Under “Crack Mom” Law.Marcella Smith - 2003 - Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 31 (3):457-458.
  17. “I Would Never Post That”: Children, Moral Sensitivity and Online Disclosure.Jo Pierson, Joke Bauwens & Lien Mostmans - 2014 - Communications 39 (3):347-367.
    This article explores young children’s moral sensitivity regarding online disclosure. Drawing on psychological theory, moral sensitivity is defined as the ability to express and show moral consideration in terms of empathy, role-taking and pro-social moral reasoning. Twenty-five preadolescent children aged 9 to 11, all living in Belgium, were asked in focus group interviews to share their reflections about and experiences with self-disclosure and privacy in internet environments. The findings demonstrate that young children are capable of imagining the moral consequences of (...)
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  18. Parents' Associations in England.C. J. Woollen - 1944 - New Blackfriars 25 (293):294-299.
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  19. C'est la Faute aux Parents?Jean-Jacques Yvorel - 2011 - Dialogue: Families & Couples 194 (4):9.
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  20. Parental Influence on Eating Behavior: Conception to Adolescence.Jennifer S. Savage, Jennifer Orlet Fisher & Leann L. Birch - 2007 - Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 35 (1):22-34.
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  21. Why Have Children?: The Ethical Debate.Christine Overall - 2012 - MIT Press.
    In contemporary Western society, people are more often called upon to justify the choice not to have children than they are to supply reasons for having them. In this book, Christine Overall maintains that the burden of proof should be reversed: that the choice to have children calls for more careful justification and reasoning than the choice not to. Arguing that the choice to have children is not just a prudential or pragmatic decision but one with ethical repercussions, Overall offers (...)
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  22. The Dead Mother: The Work of Andre Green.Gregorio Kohon (ed.) - 1999 - Routledge.
    _The Dead Mother_ brings together original essays in honour of André Green. Written by distinguished psychoanalysts, the collection develops the theme of his most famous paper of the same title, and describes the value of the dead mother to other areas of clinical interest: psychic reality, borderline phenomena, passions and identification. The concept of the 'dead mother' describes a clinical phenomenon, sometimes difficult to identify, but always present in a substantial number of patients. It describes a process by which the (...)
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  23. Engelhardt on the Family.Hon-Lam Li - 2013 - International Journal of Chinese and Comparative Philosophy of Medicine (153-160).
    Tristram Engelhardt, Jr. offers erudite and compelling arguments for the view that all families should try to realize the traditional family. Although I tend to agree with him from my personal standpoint, I doubt that this view can be justified to those with whom we are in reasonable disagreement about the family. I make three critical points. First, though Engelhardt stops short of saying that the state should encourage people to form traditonal families, or discourage those who do not, some (...)
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  24. Erotic Attunement: Parenthood and the Ethics of Sensuality Between Unequals by Cristina L. H. Traina.Sandra Sullivan-Dunbar - 2014 - Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 34 (1):240-241.
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  25. Roadmap Needed: How to Help Parents Navigate the Worst Day of Their Lives.Cheryl Kilpatrick - 2014 - Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics 4 (1):E9-E12.
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  26. Why Have Children? The Ethical Debate.Diana Karbonowska - 2014 - The European Legacy 19 (4):511-513.
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  27. Detecting Children’s Lies: Are Parents Accurate Judges of Their Own Children’s Lies?Victoria Talwar, Sarah-Jane Renaud & Lauryn Conway - 2015 - Journal of Moral Education 44 (1):81-96.
    The current study investigated whether parents are accurate judges of their own children’s lie-telling behavior. Participants included 250 mother–child dyads. Children were between three and 11 years of age. A temptation resistance paradigm was used to elicit a minor transgressive behavior from the children involving peeking at a forbidden toy and children were subsequently questioned about the transgressive event. Mothers were asked to make predictions about whether their child would peek and then watched a video of their child being questioned (...)
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  28. Gestation and Parental Rights: Why is Good Enough Good Enough?Lindsey Porter - 2015 - Feminist Philosophy Quarterly 1 (1):1-27.
    In this paper I explore the question of whether gestation can ground parental rights. I consider Anca Gheaus’s claim that the labour and bonding of gestation give one the right to parent one’s biological child. I argue that, while Gheaus’s gestational account of parental rights is the most successful of such accounts in the literature, it is ultimately unsuccessful, because the concept ‘maternal-fetal bonding’ does not stand up to scrutiny. Gheaus argues that the labour expended in gestation generates parental rights. (...)
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  29. The Cerberus: Parental Licensing And The Equalization Of Opportunity.Ayesha Kirk - 2015 - Dissertation, Georgia State University
    Hugh Lafollette’s theoretical justification of parental licensing hinges upon consideration of the harms associated with raising children. If we understand Lafollette’s stance as one in which the moral status of children is equal to that of other human beings, we must consider what such a commitment might require of social institutions such as the family. Unlike other licensing programs, I argue that Lafollette’s parental licensing program serves as a tool by which fair equality of opportunity can be acquired for those (...)
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  30. Children, Parents, and Politics.Geoffrey Scarre (ed.) - 2010 - Cambridge University Press.
    This highly original collection of essays, first published in 1989, is concerned with the nature of children and their moral and political status. The international team of contributors explore, and in some cases criticise and revise popular thought on children and their place in society. The book is divided into three parts: the first deals with the historical, social and psychological framework of contemporary perspectives on children and childhood; a second set of papers takes up questions about the position of (...)
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  31. Pedophilia and Adult–Child Sex: A Philosophical Analysis.Stephen Kershnar - 2015 - Lexington Books.
    This book provides a philosophical analysis of adult-child sex and pedophilia. The sex intuitively strikes many people, including myself, as sick, disgusting, and wrong. The problem is that it is not clear whether these judgments are justified and whether they are aesthetic or moral. By analogy, many people find it disgusting to view images of obese people having sex, but it is hard to see what is morally undesirable about such sex. Here the judgment is aesthetic. This book looks at (...)
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  32. Defending and Parenting Children Who Learn Differently: Lessons From Edison's Mother.Scott Teel - 2009 - R&L Education.
    This book shows us how Edison's mother, Nancy, guided the boy who was deemed a dunce by officials_even assumed mentally retarded by his father_to become one of the greatest inventors of all time. Edison's progressive and imaginative teaching methods hold lessons for all children who learn differently from conventional methods and for the parents and teachers who care about them.
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  33. A Few Words to Children, for the Use of Parents.Few Words - 1884
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  34. The Adult – Child Relation and Decentration of the Subject.T. Shchyttsova - 2010 - Topos 25 (3).
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  35. The Disinherited Family. By M. J. [REVIEW]Eleanor F. Rathbone - 1924 - Ethics 35:94.
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  36. Parents and Children's Rights Under the Convention on the Rights of the Child: Finding Reconciliation in a Misunderstood Relationship.John Tobin - 2005 - Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics 7 (2).
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  37. Annemarie Roeper Selected Writings and Speeches.Annemarie Roeper - 1995
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  38. The Shiftiness of Childhood.Michael Christoph Stephens - 1994 - Dissertation, Bowling Green State University
    The purpose of this study is to establish the importance of children in what Norbert Elias describes as the "civilizing process." The adult-child relation has not been extensively theorized as a structuring principle in bourgeois society and this study would hope to open a somewhat radical debate on the meaning of childhood in Western culture since the seventeenth century. The child-adult relation is viewed throughout this study as a model form of all social power relations and the material history of (...)
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  39. The Institutional Activities of American Children.H. D. Sheldon - 1899 - Philosophical Review 8:193.
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  40. Can We Have a Friend in Jesus? An Aristotelian Analysis.Michael T. McFall - 2012 - Philosophia Christi 14 (2):315-334.
    Many state that they have a friend in Jesus, but close analysis reveals that this claim is difficult to defend. Furthermore, only once does Jesus claim that humans can be friends with him. This essay explores whether humans can be friends with Jesus. In arguing that this is possible, attention is given to what kind of friendship is possible in Aristotle’s taxonomy of utility, pleasure, and character-friendships. None of these describes the kind of friendship possible between humans and Jesus, but (...)
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  41. Children's Eyewitness Reports After Exposure to Misinformation From Parents.Debra Ann Poole & D. Stephen Lindsay - 2001 - Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied 7 (1):27.
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  42. A Child’s Right to a Father.C. L. Ten - 2000 - Monash Bioethics Review 19 (4):36.
    Recently a child’s right to a father was invoked to justify the prevention of single women from obtaining access to IVF. This article explores the conceptual and normative issues about the nature of the right and its conflict with a woman’s right to procreative autonomy. The discussion relates the conceptual issues to those raised in the context of ‘wrongful life’ tort cases. It concludes that the right to be born with a father, although conceptually sound, does not justify the restriction (...)
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  43. Needs of Parents of Hospitalised Children.I. Hallström & I. Runeson - 2001 - Theoria: Journal of Nursing Theory 10 (3):20-7.
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  44. Ethics and the Family Panel.Penny Reeves - 2003 - Legal Ethics 6 (2):149-151.
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  45. Should Adopted Children Be Granted Access to the Identity of Their Birth Parents? A Psychological Perspective.Mark A. Nolan & Diana M. Grace - 2003 - Journal of Information Ethics 12 (1):67-79.
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  46. Parental Rights of Incarcerated Mothers with Children in Foster Care: A Policy Vacuum.Ronnie Halperin & Jennifer L. Harris - 2004 - Feminist Studies 30 (2):339-352.
  47. Unsatisfactory Parents and Psychological Disorders in Their Children.H. Lewis - 1968 - The Eugenics Review 60 (2):129.
  48. The Dynamics of Hope and Despondency in the Parents of Handicapped Children.Adrian Van Kaam - forthcoming - Humanitas.
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  49. Learning Under Stress: Children of Single Parents and the Schools.Margaret Barnwell Hargreaves - 1992 - Scarecrow Press.
    A comprehensive statistical profile of single-parent families reveals significant differences among different types of such families. Summarizes the home and school life for one-parent children and presents a variety of types of assistance.
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  50. Willing Parents.Role Obligations - 2010 - In David Archard & David Benatar (eds.), Procreation and Parenthood: The Ethics of Bearing and Rearing Children. Oxford University Press. pp. 151.
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