More Co-parents, Fewer Children: Multiparenting and Sustainable Population

Essays in Philosophy 20 (1):3-23 (2019)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Some philosophers argue that we should limit procreation – for instance, to one child per person or one child per couple – in order to reduce our aggregate carbon footprint. I provide additional support to the claim that population size is a matter of justice, by explaining that we have a duty of justice towards the current generation of children to pass on to them a sustainable population. But instead of, or, more likely, alongside with, having fewer children in in each family, we could also create families with more than two parents. I explore this possibility by pointing out the ways in which multi-parenting can advance children’s interests: in higher levels of well-being, in non-monopolistic child-rearing, and in a future opportunity to become themselves parents.
PhilPapers/Archive ID
Upload history
Archival date: 2019-10-22
View other versions
Added to PP index

Total views
163 ( #41,374 of 71,429 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
25 ( #33,243 of 71,429 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks on external links on PhilPapers.