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
    PublisherSpringer
    Pages3-14
    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
    Volume9

    ID: 13101076