The Right to be Loved

ISBN : 9780190234836

S. Matthew Liao
272 Pages
152 x 217 mm
Pub date
Dec 2015
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S. Matthew Liao argues here that children have a right to be loved. To do so he investigates questions such as whether children are rightholders; what grounds a child's right to beloved; whether love is an appropriate object of a right; and other philosophical and practical issues. His proposal is that all human beings have rights to the fundamental conditions for pursuing a good life; therefore, as human beings, children have human rights to the fundamental conditions for pursuing a good life. Since being loved is one of those fundamental conditions, children thus have a right to be loved. Liao shows that this claim need not be merely empty rhetoric, and that the arguments for this right can hang together as a coherent whole. This is the first book to make a sustained philosophical case for the right of children to be loved. It makes a unique contribution to the fast-growing literature on family ethics, in particular, on children's rights and parental rights and responsibilities, and to the emerging field of the philosophy of human rights.


Chapter 1 Can Children Have Rights?
Chapter 2 Human Rights as Fundamental Conditions for a Good Life
Chapter 3 Being Loved as a Fundamental Condition for Children
Chapter 4 The Possibility of a Duty to Love
Chapter 5 The Duty to Love: Who Has It and To What Extent?
Chapter 6 Regulating Biological Parenting: The Problem of Possibly Inadequate Parents
Chapter 7 Children without Adequate Parents and the Duty to Adopt

About the author: 

S. Matthew Liao is the Director of the Bioethics Program, Associate Professor in the Center for Bioethics, and Affiliated Professor in the Department of Philosophy at New York University. He is interested in a wide range of issues in ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, moral psychology, and bioethics, has two forthcoming edited volumes with Oxford University Press, Moral Brains: The Significance of Neuroscience for Morality and Philosophical Foundations for Human Rights (co-edited with R. Cruft and M. Renzo).

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