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The Right to Be Loved
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The Right to Be Loved

S. Matthew Liao


That children have a right to be loved is a claim that can be found in many international declarations. But there are a number of foundational concerns regarding whether children can have this right. For instance, are children rightholders? Rightholding, according to a popular view, should be ascribed only to actual agents. Are children, in particular infants, actual agents? In addition, the interests of children in nutrition, shelter, and education may be important enough to ground rights, but is a child’s interest in being loved comparably important? Why would this interest be important enou ... More

Keywords: human rights, children’s rights, right to be loved, children’s welfare, duty to love, international adoption, rightholding, moral status

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190234836
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190234836.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

S. Matthew Liao, author
Director of the Bioethics Program, Associate Professor in the Center for Bioethics, and Affiliated Professor in the Department of Philosophy, New York University