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Rethinking the value of families

Reshef, Yonathan (2013) Rethinking the value of families. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 16 (1). pp. 130-150. ISSN 1369-8230

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Identification Number: 10.1080/13698230.2012.680745


In the growing philosophical literature on the family and its value, the parents' fiduciary role often serves to explain why the family is valuable from a child-centred perspective. Recently it has been further argued that this fiduciary role also explains the distinctive value the family has for parents. By offering a critique of that argument, the paper advances an alternative parent-centred account of the value of the family. It points out the process in families whereby parents reproduce some of their characteristics in their children and thereby establish a powerful sense of interconnectedness and continuity between their own identity and the child's. The fact that the family provides quite a unique platform for developing this type of interpersonal bond may account for the striking importance ascribed to families. Liberal theory should accommodate this fact when offering an account of legitimate parental authority.

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Additional Information: © 2013 Taylor and Francis Group, LLC
Divisions: Government
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2013 15:15
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:02
Funders: Karten Scholarship of the Anglo-Jewish Association, Kenneth Lindsay Scholarship of the Anglo-Israel Association

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