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Why have children? : the ethical debate

Author: Christine Overall
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 2013
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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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christine Overall
ISBN: 0262016982 9780262016988 9780262525299 0262525291
OCLC Number: 1040846734
Description: xiii, 253 p. : ill. ; 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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A wide-ranging exploration of whether or not choosing to procreate can be morally justified-and if so, how.  Read more...

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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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