On the Duties of Shared Parenting

Ethics and Social Welfare 6 (2):168-181 (2012)

Abstract

How should we understand the duties between those who share in parenting a child? Those who engage in shared parenting have duties to each other derived from the child's interests, but they also have additional duties to each other as sharers in parenting. The intentional account of duties between parents appears unable to explain the stringency of duties of shared parenting, as it seems to permit a parent to relinquish unilaterally their duties of shared parenting. Drawing on the work of Bratman, Alonso, and Scanlon, I develop a shared intention account of duties of shared parenting. Duties of shared parenting are constituted by the distinctive combination of the value of reliance in shared intentions, the importance of assurance in agreements, the significance of autonomy is deciding one's goals, and the entitlement to choose with whom one shares the intimacy of parenting. On this view, duties of shared parenting are shown to be stringent, but not duties of strict performance. Thus, I argue that the intentional account of parental duties is able to explain the stringency of duties of shared parenting

Download options

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 72,855

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Analytics

Added to PP
2012-05-30

Downloads
42 (#274,293)

6 months
1 (#386,001)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Philip Cook
University of Edinburgh

References found in this work

On Social Facts.Margaret Gilbert - 1989 - Ethics 102 (4):853-856.
Shared Intention.Michael E. Bratman - 1993 - Ethics 104 (1):97-113.
Role Obligations.Michael Hardimon - 1994 - Journal of Philosophy 91 (7):333-363.

View all 13 references / Add more references

Citations of this work

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

A Bundle of Software Rights and Duties.David M. Douglas - 2011 - Ethics and Information Technology 13 (3):185-197.
Collectives' Duties and Collectivisation Duties.Stephanie Collins - 2013 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 91 (2):231-248.
Basic Positive Duties of Justice and Narveson's Libertarian Challenge.Pablo Gilabert - 2006 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 44 (2):193-216.