Bioethics 25 (9):489-494 (2011)

S. Matthew Liao
New York University
It may soon be possible to develop pills that allow parents to induce in themselves more loving behaviour, attitudes and emotions towards their children. In this paper, I consider whether pharmacologically induced parental love can satisfy reasonable conditions of authenticity; why anyone would be interested in taking such parental love pills at all, and whether inducing parental love pharmacologically promotes narcissism or results in self-instrumentalization. I also examine how the availability of such pills may affect the duty to love a child
Keywords right of children to be loved  duty to love  psychopharmacology  parent love
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-8519.2009.01796.x
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 63,339
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Listening to Prozac.Peter D. Kramer - 1994 - Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 37 (3):460.
The Sovereignty of Good.Iris Murdoch - 1971 - Religious Studies 8 (2):180-181.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Why Children Need to Be Loved.S. Matthew Liao - 2012 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 15 (3):347-358.
Moral Formation and Moral Enhancement.William Paul Kabasenche - 2016 - American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience 7 (2):130-131.
Moral Enhancement Worth Having: Thinking Holistically.William Paul Kabasenche - 2012 - American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience 3 (4):18-20.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

How Do We Acquire Parental Rights?Joseph Millum - 2010 - Social Theory and Practice 36 (1):112-132.
Love’s Vision.Troy Jollimore - 2011 - Princeton University Press.
Parental Consent and the Use of Dead Children's Bodies.T. M. Wilkinson - 2001 - Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 11 (4):337-358.
The Idea of a Duty to Love.S. Matthew Liao - 2006 - Journal of Value Inquiry 40 (1):1-22.


Added to PP index

Total views
93 ( #115,709 of 2,448,744 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
7 ( #97,193 of 2,448,744 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes