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Thomas Douglas
Oxford University
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Prospective parents are sometimes partial towards their future children, engaging in what I call ‘pre-parental partiality’. Common sense morality is as permissive of pre-parental partiality as it is of ordinary parental partiality—partiality towards one’s existing children. But I argue that existing justifications for partiality typically establish weaker reasons in support of pre-parental partiality than in support of parental partiality. Thus, either these existing justifications do not fully account for our reasons of parental partiality, or our reasons to engage in pre-parental partiality are indeed typically weaker than our reasons to engage in parental partiality.
Keywords partiality  parenthood  parenting ethics  non-identity problem  person-affecting  love  genetic selection  procreative beneficence
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DOI 10.26556/jesp.v15i1.351
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