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Morals, Marriage, and Parenthood: An Introduction to Family Ethics, 1st Edition

  • Laurence D. Houlgate California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • ISBN-10: 0534551572  |  ISBN-13: 9780534551575
  • 300 Pages
  • © 1999 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $160.75

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Overview

This ground-breaking text is the first anthology of essays entirely devoted to ethical problems in marriage and family relationships. This collection of classical and contemporary sources brings together a wide range of ethical issues including family ethics, children's rights, and parental responsibilities.

Table of Contents

Preface.
1. WHAT IS FAMILY ETHICS?
Introduction. Family Ethics and Applied Ethics. How Do We Do Applied Ethics? Ethical Theory and the Family. Questions for Thought and Discussion. Further Reading. Notes.
PART I: PRELIMINARY ISSUES.
2. THE NATURE AND HISTORY OF THE FAMILY.
Introduction. William J. Goode, Defining the Family: A Matter of More or Less. Ruth Macklin, Our Understanding of the Family. John Demos, Family Life in Seventeenth Century Massachusetts. Beatrice Gottlieb, The Emotional Significance of the Family in the Western World Before the Industrial Age. Questions for Thought and Discussion. Further Reading. Notes.
3. MULTI-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES.
Lin Yutang, On Growing Old in China. Richard Brandt, Hopi Family Ethics. Nathan Murillo, The Mexican-American Family. Patricia Hill Collins, Bloodmothers, Othermothers, and Women-Centered Networks in African-American Communities. Questions for Thought and Discussion. Further Reading. Notes.
PART II: CRITICISMS AND DEFENSE OF THE FAMILY.
4. MARRIAGE, MONOGAMY AND SEXUAL PREFERENCE.
Introduction. A. John Simmons, Locke on Rights and Marriage. Barbara Herman, Kant on Sex and Marriage. Michael D. Bayles, In Defense of Monogamous Marriage. James Q. Wilson, Against Homosexual Marriage, Richard D. Mohr, The Case for Gay Marriage. Questions for Thought and Discussion. Further Reading. Notes.
5. CRITICISMS OF TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE AND FAMILY.
Introduction. Plato, A Proposal to Abolish the Nuclear Family. Aristotle, On Plato''s Proposal. Friedrich Engels, The Origin of Monogamous Marriage and the Patriarchal Family. Susan Moller Okin, Marriage and the Unjust Treatment of Women. Questions for Thought and Discussion. Further Reading. Notes.
6. NON-TRADITIONAL FAMILIES AND FAMILY VALUES.
Introduction. Alan Donagan, The Permissible Variety of Family Structures. David Popenoe, Family Decline in America. Shulamith Firestone, An Alternative to the Family. Patricia Smith, Are Family Values Enduring Values? Questions for Thought and Discussion. Further Reading. Notes.
PART III: MARITAL ETHICS.
7. ADULTERY AND DIVORCE.
Introduction. Bertrand Russell, Marriage, Adultery and Divorce. Richard Wasserstrom, Is Adultery Immoral? Mike Martin, Love''s Constancy. Laurence D. Houlgate, Children and the Ethics of Divorce. Questions for Thought and Discussion. Further Reading. Notes.
8. FAMILY VIOLENCE.
Introduction. Linda Jackson, Marital Rape: A Higher Standard is in Order. bell hooks, Violence in Intimate Relationships. Linda A. Bell, Violence Against Women Protected by "Privacy." David Archard, Child Abuse and Family Privacy. Phillip Fetzer, Child Abuse: A Multi-Cultural Perspective. Questions for Thought and Discussion. Further Reading. Notes.
PART IV: PARENTS AND CHILDREN.
9. THE ETHICS OF CREATING A FAMILY.
Introduction. G.E.M. Anscombe, Why Have Children? Bonnie Steinbock and Ron McClamrock, When is Birth Unfair to the Child? Sherry L. Floyd and David Pomerantz, Is There a Natural Right to Have Children? Hugh LaFollette, Licensing Parents. Nancy Jecker, Conceiving a Child to Save a Child. Questions for Thought and Discussion. Further Reading. Notes.
10. PARENTAL POWER AND THE RIGHTS OF CHILDREN.
Introduction. Howard Cohen, Children''s Rights and Borrowed Capacities. Ferdinand Schoeman, Rights of Children, Rights of Parents, and the Moral Basis of the Family. Samantha Brennan and Robert Noggle, The Moral Status of Children: Children''s Rights, Parent''s Rights and Family Justice. Questions for Thought and Discussion. Further Reading. Notes.
11. THE ETHICS OF CHILDREARING.
Introduction. William Ruddick, Parenthood: Three Concepts and a Principle. R. Paul Churchill, The Obligation of Parents to Raise Their Children as Altruists. David Hoekema, Trust and Punishment in the Family. Questions for Thought and Discussion. Further Reading. Notes.
12. THE DUTIES OF GROWN CHILDREN TO THEIR PARENTS. Introduction. John Locke, The Perpetual Obligation to Honor One''s Parents. Jane English, What Do Grown Children Owe Their Parents? Jan Narveson, What Do We Really Owe Our Parents, and Why?
QUESTIONS FOR THOUGHT AND DISCUSSION. FURTHER READING. NOTES.