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Moral Parenthood$
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Joseph Millum

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190695439

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190695439.001.0001

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Parental Decision-Making

Parental Decision-Making

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(p.128) 6 Parental Decision-Making
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Moral Parenthood
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Joseph Millum

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190695439.003.0006

This chapter considers how parents should make decisions on their child’s behalf when the child’s interests are in conflict with the interests of other people. This includes such issues as the extent to which parents are permitted to favor themselves over their children, the adjudication of conflicts of interests among siblings, and the permissibility of putting one’s child at risk for the sake of others. The chapter argues for a reasonable subject standard according to which parents should decide on behalf of their child as though she were a rational agent acting prudently within the constraints of what morality requires.

Keywords:   parent, child, ethics, best interests, reasonable subject, pediatric research, sibling, donor transplant

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