Date of Award
Religion & Philosophy
Dr. Stephanie Patridge
First Committee Member
Dr. Andrew Mills
Second Committee Member
Dr. Meredith Meyer
Parenthood, Philosophy, Human Life, Children
Arts and Humanities | Philosophy
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.
Blinsky, Bethany, "Is Having Children an Essential Part of a Good Human Life?" (2017). Distinction Papers. 50.