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Family Values – The Ethics of Parent-Child Relationships - Princeton Scholarship Online
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Family Values: The Ethics of Parent-Child Relationships

Harry Brighouse and Adam Swift


The family is hotly contested ideological terrain. Some defend the traditional two-parent heterosexual family while others welcome its demise. Opinions vary about how much control parents should have over their children's upbringing. This book provides a major new theoretical account of the morality and politics of the family, telling us why the family is valuable, who has the right to parent, and what rights parents should—and should not—have over their children. The book argues that parent–child relationships produce the “familial relationship goods” that people need to flourish. Children's ... More

Keywords: family, heterosexual family, two-parent family, parents, children, autonomy, social institution, social inequality, parent–child relationship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780691126913
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691126913.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Harry Brighouse, author
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Adam Swift, author
University of Warwick

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