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The Moral and Political Status of Children$
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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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Autonomy, Child‐Rearing, and Good Lives

Autonomy, Child‐Rearing, and Good Lives

(p.118) 7 Autonomy, Child‐Rearing, and Good Lives
The Moral and Political Status of Children

Eamonn Callan (Contributor Webpage)

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Autonomy is important to leading a good life but a common liberal instrumental construal of the way in which it contributes to the leading of a good life is defective. A one‐sided focus on the development of capacities for revision of conceptions of the good should be corrected by attention to the value of developing capacities permitting a rational adherence to a conception of the good. Exposing children to a diverse but shallow secular and consumer culture might not facilitate goodness‐enhancing autonomy in a way that is superior to the more insular strategies of religious minorities whose child‐rearing practices are criticized by liberals.

Keywords:   autonomy, children, conception of the good, consumerism, instrumentalism, liberalism, religious minorities, secularism

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