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Ethics and Our Early Years: Making Decisions for Children as if Childhood Really Mattered

Ethics and Our Early Years: Making Decisions for Children as if Childhood Really Mattered
15 Devonshire Place, Room 200, Larkin Building
Time: Feb 1st, 12:00 pm End: Feb 1st, 2:00 pm
Interest Categories: Women/Gender, Political Science, Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), Ethics, 2000-
Talk by Samantha Brennan, Western University

The Centre for Ethics presents Ethics at Noon

Ethics and Our Early Years: Making Decisions for Children as if Childhood Really Mattered

What would ethics look like if we took childhood seriously? Philosophy hasn't always paid much attention to children. Even when children are mentioned, they are often considered simply as the property of their parents. Another, contemporary, way of thinking about children regards them not as property but rather as projects of their parents. But what if children aren't property or projects? What if they are persons whose moral status matters independently? We can still get it wrong if we only value children on the basis of the adults they'll become, for this leaves out the moral significance of childhood. It's an error to include children and evaluate their treatment solely on the basis of the adults they become, by focusing purely on prospective goods. I argue instead that childhood well-being and childhood matters for their own sake.

Samantha Brennan is a Professor in the Department of Women's Studies and Feminist Research at Western University, Canada. She is also a member of the Rotman Institute of Philosophy and a member of the graduate faculty of the Departments of Philosophy and Political Science. Brennan's main research interests lie in the area of contemporary normative ethics, particularly at the intersection of deontological and consequentialist moral theories. She also has active research interests in feminist ethics.


This event is free and open to all. Registration is not required. For further information, please contact the Centre for Ethics at 416 946-6288.

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