New Developments in Family Ethics: An Introduction

Journal of Moral Philosophy 13 (6):641-651 (2016)

Jörg Löschke
University of Zürich
_ Source: _Volume 13, Issue 6, pp 641 - 651 During the last three decades, moral philosophy has seen an increased interest in the ethics of special relationships. The relationship that has gained the most attention in recent years is the family. While there has been some progress in understanding family relationships and their ethical implications, there is still much theoretical ground to cover. In this special issue of the Journal of Moral Philosophy, we present four papers that discuss new questions concerning the rights and duties that are implied by the relationship between parents and children. These include the question whether persons have a right to parent their biological offspring, or a duty to adopt a child, rather than create one; under which circumstances dependent children owe their parents gratitude for the care they provide; and how family relationships can lead to moral blackmailing and thus to moral exploitation of some of their members.
Keywords family ethics   special obligations   moral blackmail   gratitude   parent–child relationships   parenting   adoption
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1163/17455243-01306001
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 48,857
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Love as Valuing a Relationship.Niko Kolodny - 2003 - Philosophical Review 112 (2):135-189.
Impersonal Friends.Jennifer E. Whiting - 1991 - The Monist 74 (1):3-29.
Filial Morality.Christina Hoff Sommers - 1986 - Journal of Philosophy 83 (8):439-456.
Biological Parenting as a Human Right.S. Matthew Liao - 2016 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 13 (6):652-668.

View all 7 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Moral Blackmail and the Family.Simon Keller - 2016 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 13 (6):699-719.
Is the Family Uniquely Valuable?Anca Gheaus - 2012 - Ethics and Social Welfare 6 (2):120-131.
Four Theories of Filial Duty.Simon Keller - 2006 - Philosophical Quarterly 56 (223):254 - 274.
Why the Family?Luara Ferracioli - 2015 - Law, Ethics and Philosophy 3:205-219.
The Morality of Familial Obligation.Donald Bancroft Moulds - 2001 - Dissertation, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Fiduciary Duties and Moral Blackmail.Simon Keller - 2017 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 34 (2).
Duties to Make Friends.Stephanie Collins - 2013 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 16 (5):907-921.
Preferring a Genetically-Related Child.Tina Rulli - 2016 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 13 (6):669-698.
The Justification of Associative Duties.Seth Lazar - 2016 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 13 (1):28-55.
Dependent Children, Gratitude, and Respect.Amy Mullin - 2016 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 13 (6):720-738.


Added to PP index

Total views
33 ( #286,016 of 2,309,554 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
6 ( #160,541 of 2,309,554 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes

Sign in to use this feature