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Parental rights and obligations


2004 2004

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In this dissertation, I (i) defend a pluralistic account of the grounds of parenthood; (ii) argue that parents do possess moral rights as parents; and (iii) give a stewardship account of the legal and moral obligations of parents to their children. I employ an intuitive conception of a parent as someone who has special rights and obligations with respect to at least one child.

I consider several accounts of the source of parental rights and obligations, and argue that no one theory is able to generate parental rights and obligations. Perhaps most controversial is my belief that parental obligations can be acquired when one plays a certain type of causal role in the existence of a child, even if one does not consent to the creation of a child or to undertaking obligations to that child. I also discuss some important implications that a causal account of parental obligations has for the use of certain reproductive technologies.

Next, I reject absolutist versions of the extent of parental rights, and then consider several challenges to the existence of the moral rights of parents. I argue that certain fundamental interests of both parents and children can be satisfied via the parent-child relationship, and that these interests ground the existence of prima facie negative parental rights. I examine several issues related to family life and public policy, and consider the implications of my argument for parental rights for these issues.

Finally, I explore the content of the legal and moral obligations of parents to their children, and argue that parental obligations are best understood under the concept of stewardship.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Philosophy;
Families & family life;
Personal relationships;
Sociology
Classification
0422: Philosophy
0628: Families & family life
0628: Personal relationships
0628: Sociology
Identifier / keyword
Philosophy, religion and theology; Social sciences; Ethics; Family; Parental rights
Title
Parental rights and obligations
Author
Austin, Michael W.
Number of pages
189
Publication year
2004
Degree date
2004
School code
0051
Source
DAI-A 65/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
Advisor
Boonin, David
University/institution
University of Colorado at Boulder
University location
United States -- Colorado
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3123227
ProQuest document ID
305202769
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305202769/abstract
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