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140-licensing_parent - Phil-140 Fall 2007 TA Xiao Wei Office Hours T 12-1 F 11-12 and by appointment Email [email protected] LaFollette the licensing

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Phil-140    Fall 2007 TA: Xiao Wei   Office Hours:  T 12-1, F 11-12, and by appointment Email: [email protected] LaFollette: the licensing of parents is theoretically desirable, and a workable and just licensing program actually could be established. 1. Any activity that 1) is potentially harmful to others and 2) is demonstrated competence for its safe performance, is subject to regulation—that is, it is theoretically desirable that we regulate it. 2. Parenting is an activity that 1) is potentially very harmful to children and 2) a parent must be competent if he si to avoid harming his children; even greater competence is required if he is to be a good parent. 3. So, licensing parents is theoretically desirable. 4. An activity is practically desirable if 3) there is a pretty good procedure for determining that competence and it is theoretically desirable 5. licensing parents would have such a procedure So, licensing parents is both theoretically and practically desirable. Theoretical objections to licensing: Licensing is unacceptable since people have a right to have children, which is similar to the right to free speech and free religious expression. Since they have a right to engage in this activity, any attempt to license parents would be unjust. ↑LaFollette’s reply
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This note was uploaded on 09/30/2008 for the course PHIL 140g taught by Professor Kwon during the Fall '07 term at USC.

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140-licensing_parent - Phil-140 Fall 2007 TA Xiao Wei Office Hours T 12-1 F 11-12 and by appointment Email [email protected] LaFollette the licensing

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