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Liberalism, Childhood and JusticeEthical Issues in Upbringing$
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Tim Fowler

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529201635

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529201635.001.0001

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The Project View of Parenting

The Project View of Parenting

(p.97) 9 The Project View of Parenting
Liberalism, Childhood and Justice

Timothy Fowler

Timothy Fowler

Policy Press

Here, I consider what morally connects adults to children so that they have a presumptive right to parent the child. I argue against the still widely held genetic view and suggest that blood connections, in themselves, do not matter very much morally. I also suggest that while relationships between parents and children are highly significant, they do not define parenting or exhaust the set of considerations relevant to the distribution of parental rights. Instead, I defend the ‘project view’ of parenting, according to which parenting should be respected as part of an important project that most people have a right to pursue.

Keywords:   Parental rights, Project view, relationships, gestation and parenting

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