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.
|Title of host publication||The Nature of Children's Well-Being: Theory and Practice|
|Editors||Alexander Bagattini, Colin Macleod|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 22 Aug 2014|
|Name||Children’s Well-Being: Indicators and Research|
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. http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-94-017-9252-3_1