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Why have children? : the ethical debate

Author: Christine Overall
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2012.
Series: Basic bioethics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In contemporary Western society, people are more often called upon to justify the choice not to have children than they are to supply reasons for having them. In this book, Christine Overall maintains that the burden of proof should be reversed: that the choice to have children calls for more careful justification and reasoning than the choice not to. Arguing that the choice to have children is not just a  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Christine Overall
ISBN: 9780262016988 0262016982
OCLC Number: 732627234
Description: xiii, 253 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Reproductive freedom, autonomy and reproductive rights --
When prospective parents disagree --
Deontological reasons for having children --
Consequentialist reasons for having children --
Not a "better never to have been" --
An obligation not to procreate? --
Illness, impairment, and the procreation decision --
Overpopulation and extinction --
Procreation, values, and identity.
Series Title: Basic bioethics.
Responsibility: Christine Overall.

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"In contemporary Western society, people are more often called upon to justify the choice not to have children than they are to supply reasons for having them. In this book, Christine Overall maintains that the burden of proof should be reversed: that the choice to have children calls for more careful justification and reasoning than the choice not to. Arguing that the choice to have children is not just a prudential or pragmatic decision but one with ethical repercussions, Overall offers a wide-ranging exploration of how we might think systematically and deeply about this fundamental aspect of human life."--Jacket.

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Cogently argued and exhaustively researched, Overall's newest will be of particular interest to thoughtful adults engaged in this debate, as well as students and professionals in philosophy and Read more...

 
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