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Taking Responsibility for Children
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What do we as a society, and as parents in particular, owe to our children? Each chapter in this book offers part of an answer to that question. Although the contributors vary in the approaches they take and the conclusions they draw, each one explores some aspect of the moral obligations owed to children by their caregivers. Some focus primarily on the re-sponsibilities of parents, while others focus on the role of society and government.The essays reflect a mix of concern with the practical and the philo-sophical aspects of taking responsibility for children, addressing such topics as the limits and extent of parental obligation, the nature and extent of the rights and entitlements of children, the responsibility of the state to protect children, the role and nature of public education in a liberal society, the best ways to ensure adequate child protection, the question of whether we should license parents, the conflicts over children's religious education, and questions about children's health. "Taking Responsibility for Children" will be of interest to philosophers, advocates for children's interests, and those interested in public policy, especially as it relates to children and families.
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Table of Contents

Introduction - Taking Responsibility for Children; Raising Children: Who is Responsible for What?; Parental Responsibility; Children, Caregivers, Friends; Parent Licensing and the Protection of Children; Responsibility and Children's Rights: The Case for Restricting Parental Smoking; Political Liberalism and Moral Education: Reflections on Mozert v. Hawkins; Education in a Liberal Society: Implications of Ross; Could There Be a Right Not to Be Born an Octuplet?; Index.

About the Author

Samantha Brennan is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario. Her main research interest is contemporary normative ethics and she is also interested in feminist moral and political philosophy. She has written numerous papers on moral rights and, with Robert Noggle, some on childrenas rights. Robert Noggle is a professor of philosophy in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of Central Michigan. His research interests include the relationship between moral theory and the nature of persons, personal autonomy, and the moral and political status of children. His most recent publications include aSpecial Agents: Childrenas Autonomy and Parental Authoritya (in The Moral and Political Status of Children , edited by David Archard and Colin McLeod, 2003).

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