Journal of Political Philosophy 14 (4):420–440 (2006)

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S. Matthew Liao
New York University
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A number of international organizations have claimed that children have a right to be loved, but there is a worry that this claim may just be an empty rhetoric. In this paper, I seek to show that there could be such a right by providing a justification for this right in terms of human rights, by demonstrating that love can be an appropriate object of a duty, and by proposing that biological parents should normally be made the primary bearers of this duty, while all other able persons in appropriate circumstances have the associate duties to help biological parents discharge their duties. I also consider some policy implications of this right.
Keywords children's rights  duty to love  right to love
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DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9760.2006.00262.x
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