Ira W. DeCamp Bioethics Seminars
ABSTRACT: In this paper, Luara Ferracioli provides a new theory of moral parenthood that has the resources to explain why both procreative and adoptive parents can take on the role of moral parents. It also has the resources to explain what is valuable about the parent-child relationship throughout its entire history. Luara argue that a moral commitment to advance the good of a child for the right reasons and via permissible means best explains what is so special about the parent-child relationship. I show why my account is superior to causal accounts, which focus on the alleged compensatory-based obligation to the child that arises from procreation, and voluntarist accounts that focus merely on the fact of consent.
Luara Ferracioli is a 2021-22 Laurence S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow, but because of Covid-19 she is remaining in Australia for the Fall semester. Her permanent position is that of Senior Lecturer in Political Philosophy at the University of Sydney. She was awarded her PhD from the Australian National University, and was a Global Leaders Fellow at Oxford and Princeton in 2011-2013. Prior to her appointment at the University of Sydney, she was an assistant professor in Political Theory at the University of Amsterdam. Her main areas of research are the ethics of immigration and family justice, and her most recent work has been published in the Journal of Applied Ethics, Philosophical Studies, Journal of Legal Studies and Philosophical Quarterly. Her book Liberal Self-Determination in a World of Migration will be published with OUP in December, 2021. During her year as an LSR Faculty Fellow, she will be working on a book project entitled "Parenting and the Goods of Childhood”.
Rivka Weinberg, Professor of Philosophy, Scripps College, will respond. Professor Weinberg is the author of The Risk of a Lifetime: How, When and Why Procreation May Be Permissible.
Peter Singer the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values, will chair.