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Permissible Progeny?The Morality of Procreation and Parenting$
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Sarah Hannan, Samantha Brennan, and Richard Vernon

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199378111

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199378111.001.0001

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We Can Make Rational Decisions to Have a Child

We Can Make Rational Decisions to Have a Child

On the Grounds for Rejecting L.A. Paul’s Arguments

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(p.170) Chapter 7 We Can Make Rational Decisions to Have a Child
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Meena Krishnamurthy

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199378111.003.0008

L. A. Paul has recently argued that, on the standard model of rationality, individuals cannot make rational decisions about whether to have a child or not. This chapter shows that Paul’s arguments do not plausibly demonstrate that the standard model of rationality precludes rational decisions to have a child. There are phenomenal and nonphenomenal values that can be used to determine the value that having a child will have for us and, in turn, that can be used to make rational decisions about whether to have a child or not. This chapter also argues that we can have an approximate idea of what it is like for us to have a child even before we have a child and that, on the standard model, this is sufficient to make rational decisions to have a child.

Keywords:   rationality, decisions, knowledge, children, procreation, phenomenal, values, experience

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