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Family ValuesThe Ethics of Parent-Child Relationships$
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Harry Brighouse and Adam Swift

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691126913

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691126913.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.2) Introduction
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Family Values
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Harry Brighouse

Adam Swift

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691126913.003.0008

The family poses two challenges to any theory of social justice. The egalitarian challenge focuses on the distribution of goods and opportunities between children born into different families. We can conceive those goods in a variety of ways. Economists tend to focus on expected income over the life-course; sociologists investigate chances of social mobility; philosophers typically think in more abstract terms such as resources or opportunities for well-being. But however we frame or measure the inequality, it is clear that children born into different families face unequal prospects....

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