Family History

Philosophical Papers 34 (3):357-378 (2005)
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Abstract

Abstract I argue that meaning in life is importantly influenced by bioloical ties. More specifically, I maintain that knowing one's relatives and especially one's parents provides a kind of self-knowledge that is of irreplaceable value in the life-task of identity formation. These claims lead me to the conclusion that it is immoral to create children with the intention that they be alienated from their bioloical relatives?for example, by donor conception.

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J. David Velleman
New York University

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Love as a moral emotion.J. David Velleman - 1999 - Ethics 109 (2):338-374.
Narrative explanation.J. David Velleman - 2003 - Philosophical Review 112 (1):1-25.

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