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- DescriptionIn contemporary Western society, people are more often called upon to justify the choice t to have children than they are to supply reasons for having them. In this book, Christine Overall maintains that the burden of proof should be reversed: that the choice to have children calls for more careful justification and reasoning than the choice t to. Arguing that the choice to have children is t just a prudential or pragmatic decision but one with ethical repercussions, Overall offers a wide-ranging exploration of how we might think systematically and deeply about this fundamental aspect of human life. Writing from a feminist perspective, she also ackwledges the inevitably gendered nature of the decision; the choice has different meanings, implications, and risks for women than it has for men. After considering a series of ethical approaches to procreation, and finding them inadequate or incomplete, Overall offers instead a vel argument. Exploring the nature of the biological parent-child relationship -- which is t only genetic but also psychological, physical, intellectual, and moral -- she argues that the formation of that relationship is the best possible reason for choosing to have a child.
- Author BiographyChristine Overall is Professor of Philosophy and University Research Chair in the Department of Philosophy at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario. She is the author of Aging, Death, and Human Longevity: A Philosophical Inquiry and other books.
- Author(s)Christine Overall
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication20/01/2012
- Series TitleBasic Bioethics
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Content Note7 tables
- Weight522 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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