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Brighouse and Swift on the family, ethics and social justice / G. Calder; Gideon Calder

European Journal of Political Theory, Volume: 15, Issue: 3, Pages: 363 - 372

Swansea University Author: Gideon, Calder

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The family disrupts equality while also, think many, providing goods of unique value. In Family Values, Brighouse and Swift tackle both of these tendencies, offering a refined and distinctive liberal egalitarian account both of the value of family life, and the limits of what may be done in its name...

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Published in: European Journal of Political Theory
ISSN: 1474-8851 1741-2730
Published: 2016
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa30122
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Abstract: The family disrupts equality while also, think many, providing goods of unique value. In Family Values, Brighouse and Swift tackle both of these tendencies, offering a refined and distinctive liberal egalitarian account both of the value of family life, and the limits of what may be done in its name. It builds up from an account of children's specific interests to a defence of ‘familial relationship goods’ as providing the best way of satisfying those interests. Thus though parenthood carries goods of its own, parental prerogatives are delimited by what is good for children. The position which emerges plays out in nuanced, sometimes surprising ways. I raise three main lines of potential criticism, concerning, respectively, the distribution of family relationship goods, their value in relation to fair equality of opportunity, and the viability of distinguishing between family-located and other contributions to the realisation of a child's interests.
College: College of Human and Health Sciences
Issue: 3
Start Page: 363
End Page: 372