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Children's Rights, State Intervention, Custody and Divorce: Contradictions in Ethics and Family Law.


Children's rights, state intervention, custody and divorce; contradictions in ethics and family law.

Houlgate, Laurence D.

Edwin Mellen Pr.


255 pages




Houlgate (philosophy, California Polytechnic State U.) uses philosophical principles to consider children's rights, state intervention, custody, and ethics concerning family relationships. He analyzes Supreme Court decisions about children's constitutional rights and presents a new theory, and looks at child abuse as well as laws that restrict children's rights for no clear reason. Further topics considered are surrogate mothers and the custody of embryos. Lastly, he examines cases of divorce, which he views as acceptable when the parents have no children, but "morally unjustifiable" in most cases when they have young children. Some of the chapters have been previously published elsewhere.

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Date:May 1, 2006
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