How Do We Acquire Parental Rights?

Social Theory and Practice 36 (1):112-132 (2010)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
In this paper I develop a theory of the acquisition of parental rights. According to this investment theory, parental rights are generated by the performance of parental work. Thus, those who successfully parent a child have the right to continue to do so, and to exclude others from so doing. The account derives from a more general principle of desert that applies outside the domain of parenthood. It also has some interesting implications for the attribution of moral parenthood. In particular, it implies that genetic relationships per se are irrelevant to parental rights and that it is possible to have more than two moral parents
PhilPapers/Archive ID
MILHDW-3
Revision history
First archival date: 2016-08-25
Latest version: 2 (2016-09-23)
View upload history
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Added to PP index
2011-02-21

Total views
131 ( #18,526 of 38,058 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
32 ( #11,999 of 38,058 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks to external links.