Philosophy Colloquium
Jake Earl
Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University
Why Should You Parent Your Babies?

It's completely obvious that people who bring children into the world typically have some responsibility to parent them. Sure, marginal cases involving assisted reproductive technology or coercion, deception, or other extreme circumstances are tough to call, but in everyday cases, it seems like procreators have special moral reasons to look after their children from the moment of birth (at the latest). In this talk, I'm going to try to convince you that, while this moral intuition is fairly clear, an adequate justification for it is sorely lacking, and that this has some troubling implications for philosophical and social debates about parental rights, child support, and the role of the nuclear family.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
3:30pm

Taliaferro 1103