David Archard*

*Corresponding author for this work

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No one would dispute that children should not be treated cruelly, but disagreement persists about the proper limits of parental punishment - whether, for instance, a child may be chastised by a slap. Few would dispute that children should have some say in what happens to them, but the idea that children should have the very same rights of choice as adults is defended as self-evident by some whilst dismissed as evidently mistaken by others. Our understanding of the moral status of the child is crucially influenced by our understanding of the nature and character of childhood. This is not simply a matter of setting boundaries of age, though this is important.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Practical Ethics
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191577291
ISBN (Print)9780199284238
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Age boundaries
  • Children
  • Moral status
  • Nature of childhood
  • Parental punishment
  • Rights of choice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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