Date Written

Spring 4-19-2017

Document Type

Distinction Paper

Degree Name

Philosophy-BA

Department

Religion & Philosophy

Advisor

Dr. Stephanie Patridge

First Committee Member

Dr. Andrew Mills

Second Committee Member

Dr. Meredith Meyer

Keywords

Parenthood, Philosophy, Human Life, Children

Subject Categories

Arts and Humanities | Philosophy

Abstract

Is being a parent part of living a good human life? In this paper I argue, contra Rosalind Hursthouse, that the answer is no. However, I make the case that something very much like this is essential to living a good human life. I get at this by borrowing Claudia Mills’ account of the value of unchosen relationships. I argue that unconditional and unchosen love is an essential component of a good human life, and while we can get this by having children, we can also get it in other ways.

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