Justice and Legitimacy in Upbringing
By (author) Matthew Clayton
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Justice and Legitimacy in Upbringing by Matthew Clayton
Book DescriptionIssues concerning the upbringing of children are among the most contested in modern political debate. How should childrearing rights and resources be distributed between families? To what extent are parents morally permitted to shape the beliefs and desires of their children? At what age should children acquire adult rights, such as the right to vote? Justice and Legitimacy in Upbringing sets out a liberal conception of political morality that supports a set of answers to these questions which many liberals have been reluctant to accept. The central argument is that the ideals of justice and individual autonomy place significant constraints on both governments and parents. Clayton insists that while their interests should count directly in allocating childrearing rights, parents should exercise their rights in accordance with these liberal ideals. He argues that we owe our children a childhood that develops their sense of justice, but in which further attempts to enrol them into particular religious practices, for instance, are illegitimate. Justice and Legitimacy in Upbringing is a work of applied political philosophy that will be of interest to students of political theory, the philosophy of education, and social and public policy.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199268948
(242mm x 162mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 6-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Brings together classic and contemporary contributions to debates about social justice. This book offers broad coverage of contemporary discussions, including theoretical pieces by John Rawls, Robert Nozick and Ronald Dworkin. It contains papers that apply theories of justice to issues, such as gender and the family, and world poverty.
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