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The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Childhood and Children

Edited by: Gheaus Anca , Calder Gideon , De Wispelaere Jurgen

Print publication date:  July  2018
Online publication date:  July  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138915978
eBook ISBN: 9781351055987
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Childhood looms large in our understanding of human life, as a phase through which all adults have passed. Childhood is foundational to the development of selfhood, the formation of interests, values and skills and to the lifespan as a whole. Understanding what it is like to be a child, and what differences childhood makes, are thus essential for any broader understanding of the human condition. The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Childhood and Children is an outstanding reference source for the key topics, problems and debates in this crucial and exciting field and is the first collection of its kind. Comprising over thirty chapters by a team of international contributors the Handbook is divided into five parts:

· Being a child

· Childhood and moral status

· Parents and children

· Children in society

· Children and the state.

Questions covered include: What is a child? Is childhood a uniquely valuable state, and if so why? Can we generalize about the goods of childhood? What rights do children have, and are they different from adults? rights? What (if anything) gives people a right to parent? What role, if any, ought biology to play in determining who has the right to parent a particular child? What kind of rights can parents legitimately exercise over their children? What roles do relationships with siblings and friends play in the shaping of childhoods? How should we think about sexuality and disability in childhood, and about racialised children? How should society manage the education of children? How are children?s lives affected by being taken into social care?

The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Childhood and Children is essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy of childhood, political philosophy and ethics as well as those in related disciplines such as education, psychology, sociology, social policy, law, social work, youth work, neuroscience and anthropology.


Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Epistemology Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Language and communication Download PDF
Chapter  3:  The science of the adolescent brain and its cultural implications Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Art and creativity Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Philosophical thinking in childhood Download PDF
Chapter  6:  The moral status of children Download PDF
Chapter  7:  The value of childhood Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Children and well-being Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Children’s rights Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Childhood and autonomy Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Paternalism towards children Download PDF
Chapter  12:  The age of consent Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Reasons to have children – or not Download PDF
Chapter  14:  The right to parent Download PDF
Chapter  15:  The good parent Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Parental partiality Download PDF
Chapter  17:  The composition of the family Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Parental licensing and discrimination Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Ethical challenges for adoption regimes Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Gender and the family Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Filial duties Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Childhood and race Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Childhood and disability Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Childhood and sexuality Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Children and animals Download PDF
Chapter  26:  What’s wrong with child labor? Download PDF
Chapter  27:  The vulnerable child Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Childhood and the metric of justice Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Children and political neutrality Download PDF
Chapter  30:  The costs of children Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Schooling Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Children and the care system Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Children and health Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Children and the right to vote Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Children, crime and punishment Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Children and war Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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