Journal of Applied Philosophy 35 (S1):121-139 (2018)

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Eldar Sarajlic
Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY)
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This article examines the issue of justification of government's intervention in the parental acts of child naming, a neglected topic in the recent philosophical literature. It questions the ability of some of the current theories in family ethics to respond to this problem, and argues that both permissive and restrictive theories fail to provide a plausible argument about the proper limits of government regulation of child naming practices. The article outlines an alternative solution that focuses on the child's right to authenticity and suggests that only those names that infringe upon this right invite justified state intervention.
Keywords children  ethics  naming  well-being  authenticity
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DOI 10.1111/japp.12231
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