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The Moral and Political Status of Children$

David Archard and Colin M. Macleod

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199242689

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199242682.001.0001

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(p.273) Further Reading

(p.273) Further Reading

The Moral and Political Status of Children
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Bibliography references:

On the topic of children in general the following are the principal philosophical monographs and collections:

Aiken, William, and LaFollette, Hugh (eds.), Whose Child? Children's Rights, Parental Authority, and State Power (Totowa, NJ: Rowman & Littlefield, 1980).

Alston, Philip, Parker, Stephen, and Seymour, John (eds.), Children, Rights, and the Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992).

Archard, David, Children, Rights and Childhood (London: Routledge, 1993).

Blustein, Jeffrey, Parents and Children: The Ethics of the Family (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982).

Meyers, Diana Tietkens, Kipnis, Kenneth, and Murphy, Jr., Cornelius F., Kindred Matters: Rethinking the Philosophy of the Family (Ithaca, NY, and London: Cornell University Press, 1993).

Narayan, Uma, and Bartkowiak, Julia J. (eds.), Having and Raising Children: Unconventional Families, Hard Choices, and the Social Good (University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1999).

O'Neill, Onora, and Ruddick, William (eds.), Having Children: Philosophical and Legal Reflections on Parenthood (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1979).

Scarre, Geoffrey (ed.), Children, Parents and Politics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989).

Turner, Susan M., and Matthews, Gareth B. (eds.), The Philosopher's Child (Rochester, NY: University of Rochester, 1998).

Wringe, Colin, Children's Rights (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1981).

The chapters of this volume address four broadly defined topics. Below are given suggestions for further reading in each topic.


Brighouse, Harry, ‘Civic Education and Liberal Legitimacy’, Ethics, 108 (1998): 719–745.

Burtt, Shelley, ‘Religious Parents, Secular Schools: A Liberal Defence of an Illiberal Education’, Review of Politics, 56 (1994): 51–70.

Callan, Eamonn, Creating Citizens: Political Education and Liberal Democracy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997).

Gutmann, Amy, ‘Civic Education and Social Diversity’, Ethics, 105 (1995): 557–79.

—— Democratic Education (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1987).

Macedo, Stephen, ‘Community, Diversity, and Civic Education: Toward a Liberal Political Science of Group Life’, Social Philosophy and Policy (1996): 240–68.

—— ‘Liberal Civic Education and Religious Fundamentalism: The Case of God v. John Rawls?’, Ethics, 105 (1995): 468–96.

(p.274) Children's Rights

Cohen, Howard, Equal Rights for Children (Totowa, NJ: Littlefield, Adams & Co., 1980).

Feinberg, Joel, ‘The Child's Right to an Open Future’, in William Aiken and Hugh LaFollette (eds.), Whose Child? Children's Rights, Parental Authority, and State Power (Totowa, NJ: Rowman & Littlefield, 1980), 124–53.

Kleinig, John, ‘Mill, Children, and Rights’, Educational Philosophy and Theory, 8/1 (1976): 1–16.

Kramer, Matthew, Simmonds, Nigel, and Steiner, Hillel, A Debate over Rights: Philosophical Enquiries (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999).

MacCormick, Neil, ‘Children's Rights: A Test‐Case for Theories of Rights’, Archiv für Rechts und Sozialphilosophie, 6/2 (1976): 305–17.

Purdy, Laura, In their Best Interests? The Case Against Equal Rights for Children (Ithaca, NY, and London: Cornell University Press, 1992).

O'Neill, Onora, ‘Children's Rights and Children's Lives’, Ethics, 98 (1988): 445–63.

Schrag, Francis, ‘The Child in the Moral Order’, Philosophy, 52 (1977): 167–77.

The Family and Justice

Cohen, Joshua, ‘Okin on Justice, Gender, and Family’, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 22 (1992): 263–86.

Exdell, John, ‘Feminism, Fundamentalism, and Liberal Legitimacy’, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 24 (1994): 441–64.

Fishkin, James, Justice, Equal Opportunity and the Family (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1983).

Kymlicka, Will, ‘Rethinking the Family’, Philosophy and Public Affairs, 20 (1991): 77–97.

Okin, Susan Moller, Justice, Gender, and the Family (New York: Basic Books, 1989).

—— ‘Political Liberalism, Justice, and Gender’, Ethics, 105 (1994): 23–43.

Munoz‐Dardé, Véronique, ‘Is the Family to be Abolished then?’, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, (1999): 37–56.

Vallentyne, Peter, ‘Equal Opportunity and the Family’, Public Affairs Quarterly (1989): 27–45.

Autonomy and Parental Authority

Archard, David, ‘What's Blood Got to do with it? The Significance of Natural Parenthood’, Res Publica, 1 (1995): 91–106.

Bigelow, John, Campbell, John, Dodds, Susan M., Pargetter, Robert, Prior, Elizabeth W., and Young, Robert, ‘Parental Autonomy’, Journal of Applied Philosophy, 5/2 (1988): 183–96.

Brennan, Samantha, and Noggle, Robert, ‘The Moral Status of Children: Children's Rights, Parents' Rights, and Family Justice’, Social Theory and Practice, 23 (1997): 1–26.

Hall, Barbara, ‘The Origin of Parental Rights’, Public Affairs Quarterly, 13/1 (Jan. 1999): 73–82.

(p.275) Harris, John, ‘The Right to Found a Family’, in Geoffrey Scarre (ed.), Children, Parents and Politics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989), 133–53.

Macleod, Colin M., ‘Conceptions of Parental Autonomy’, Politics and Society, 25/1 (March 1997): 117–40.

Montague, Phillip, ‘The Myth of Parental Rights’, Social Theory and Practice, 26/1 (Spring 2000): 47–68.

Page, Edgar, ‘Parental Rights’, Journal of Applied Philosophy, 1/2 (1984), 187–203.

Schoeman, Ferdinand, ‘Rights of Children, Rights of Parents, and the Moral Basis of the Family’, Ethics, 91 (1980): 6–19.