Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 33 (3):199-205 (2012)

Jeffrey Blustein
CUNY Graduate Center
The maxim “parents should do what is in the best interests of their child” seems like an unassailable truth, and yet, as I argue here, there are serious problems with it when it is taken seriously. One problem concerns the sort of demands such a principle places on parents; the other concerns its larger social implications when conceived as part of a national policy for the rearing of children. The theory of parenting that creates these problems I call “optimizing parentalism.” To avoid them, I define and defend a new and more morally appealing theory, “satisficing parentalism.”
Keywords Best interests of the child  Child-centered society  Consequentialism  Optimizing parentalism  Parental obligation  Parental independence  Satisficing parentalism
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DOI 10.1007/s11017-012-9222-4
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