Am I My Parents' Keeper?: An Essay on Justice Between the Young and the Old

Oxford University Press (1988)
The rapidly increasing numbers of elderly people in our society have raised some important moral questions: How should we distribute social resources among different age groups? What does justice require from both the young and the old? In this book, Norman Daniels offers the first systematic philosophical discussion of these urgent questions, advocating what he calls a "lifespan" approach to the problem: Since, as they age, people pass through a variety of institutions, the challenge of caring for the elderly becomes the prudent allocation of public resources among the various stages of people's lives. Using this philosophical approach, Daniels addresses specific public policy issues such as the allocation of medical funds, the adequacy of long-term care, current Medicare cost-containment measures, and the equitable distribution of income support over the lifespan and between generations.
Keywords Distributive justice  Intergenerational relations
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Call number JC578.D36 1988
ISBN(s) 0195052331   0195061640  
DOI 10.2307/2185582
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