Children’s rights with endogenous fertility

Taylor, Brad R. (2014) Children’s rights with endogenous fertility. Rationality, Markets and Morals, 5. pp. 93-119.


This paper uses hypothetical contractarianism to consider the value of children’s rights laws as a means of protecting children. Laws protecting children from their parents have the unintended but predictable consequence of making child-rearing less desirable for some parents and thereby reducing the number of children born. Such laws therefore produce a trade-off between the expected wellbeing of actual and possible persons. I show that a possible child behind an appropriate veil of ignorance may rationally oppose laws which benefit some and harm no actual children.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2016 03:57
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2017 05:55
Uncontrolled Keywords: contractarianism; axiological possibilism; normative population theory; children’s rights
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160609 Political Theory and Political Philosophy
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220101 Bioethics (human and animal)

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