Children, Adults, Autonomy and Well-Being

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I explore the implications of a view – that children and adults enjoy a markedly different moral and political status, wherein the latter can and should be permitted to make choices as to how they lead their lives, whereas the former should not be permitted to make such choices – for how we think about the relationship between autonomy and welfare, and in particular, in consequence, for how we evaluate paternalism. I discuss the problem of drawing a line and the ‘threshold problem’, and consider how one might, as the UNCRC requires, give a weighted role to the views of the child on matters affecting its own interests.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Nature of Children's Well-Being: Theory and Practice
EditorsAlexander Bagattini, Colin Macleod
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-017-9252-3
ISBN (Print)978-94-017-9251-6
Publication statusPublished - 22 Aug 2014

Publication series

NameChildren’s Well-Being: Indicators and Research

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    Archard, D. (2014). Children, Adults, Autonomy and Well-Being. In A. Bagattini, & C. Macleod (Eds.), The Nature of Children's Well-Being: Theory and Practice (pp. 3-14). (Children’s Well-Being: Indicators and Research; Vol. 9). Springer.