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Family Values: The Ethics of Parent-Child Relationships Harry Brighouse

Family Values: The Ethics of Parent-Child Relationships

Harry Brighouse

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ISBN : 9780691126913
Hardcover
240 pages
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The family is hotly contested ideological terrain. Some defend the traditional two-parent heterosexual family while others welcome its demise. Opinions vary about how much control parents should have over their childrens upbringing. Family ValuesMoreThe family is hotly contested ideological terrain. Some defend the traditional two-parent heterosexual family while others welcome its demise. Opinions vary about how much control parents should have over their childrens upbringing. Family Values provides a major new theoretical account of the morality and politics of the family, telling us why the family is valuable, who has the right to parent, and what rights parents should--and should not--have over their children.Harry Brighouse and Adam Swift argue that parent-child relationships produce the familial relationship goods that people need to flourish. Childrens healthy development depends on intimate relationships with authoritative adults, while the distinctive joys and challenges of parenting are part of a fulfilling life for adults. Yet the relationships that make these goods possible have little to do with biology, and do not require the extensive rights that parents currently enjoy. Challenging some of our most commonly held beliefs about the family, Brighouse and Swift explain why a childs interest in autonomy severely limits parents right to shape their childrens values, and why parents have no fundamental right to confer wealth or advantage on their children.Family Values reaffirms the vital importance of the family as a social institution while challenging its role in the reproduction of social inequality and carefully balancing the interests of parents and children.