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The Right to Be Loved$
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S. Matthew Liao

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190234836

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190234836.001.0001

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(p.199) Conclusion
The Right to Be Loved

S. Matthew Liao

Oxford University Press

This chapter first considers how the right to be loved should be prioritized. It argues that even if children’s being loved is not as urgent as, for instance, being fed, it is still very urgent; that governments do not give absolute priority to whatever is most necessary for action; and that to develop institutional arrangements that can adequately provide for children’s various fundamental conditions, it is important to take into account all of their fundamental conditions, including their need for love. This chapter then draws the book to a close by pointing out that the proclamation that children have a right to be loved is not merely empty rhetoric and that in fact this right can be justified in the same way as other rights.

Keywords:   priority of rights, conflicts of rights, theory of distributive justice, Alan Gewirth, needfulness for action, right to be fed, right to education, PEPFAR, orphaned children

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