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The philosophical parent : asking the hard questions about having and raising children

Author: Jean Kazez
Publisher: New York, NY, United States of America : Oxford University Press, 2018. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Oxford University Press paperbackView all editions and formats
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"Becoming parents draws us into philosophical quandaries before our children have even been born. Why do most of us want to have children? Should we make new people, despite life's travails and our crowded world? Is adoptive parenthood just the same as biological parenthood? Once children arrive, the questions start to be a mix of the profound and the practical. Should we share our lifestyle with our children, no  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jean Kazez
ISBN: 9780190914189 0190914181
OCLC Number: 1059247609
Notes: First published, in hardback: 2017.
Description: xi, 322 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Children come from us: what's so special about having kids? --
Life is good: are babies lucky to be born or just the opposite? --
Quantity control: must we care about population statistics? --
Quality control: should we mess with nature? --
In the beginning: what's going on in there? --
A child is born: is labor pain simply awful? --
Whose child is this? why do biological parents have prerogatives? --
Nobody's child: does biology really matter? --
Parenthood's aim: what's a parent for? --
First decisions: to cut or not to cut? --
Still life with child: who's going to care for the baby? --
Boys and girls: is it okay to prefer a girl or a boy? should parents reinforce gender? --
The one and the many: when must I contribute to group efforts? --
Lies, lies, lies: should we ever lie to our children...or for them? --
Passing on religion: should we raise children in our own image? --
Letting go: what should we do for our grown children? --
Going home: what should our grown children do for us? --
Parenthood and meaning: does parenthood make us better off? --
Acknowledgments --
Annotated bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Jean Kazez.

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