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Jamie Cohen Essay Assignment #5 (option 2) Instructor: Vincent Baltazar Equality of Opportunity Philosophy A parent-child relationship is one of the most noteworthy relationships in life. This type of relationship is different from any other relationship in that one agent, the parent has authority over another, the child. Although, it’s questionable whether the basis of this relationship’s purpose is to solely benefit of child, or a dual-interest of the parents and the child. In their Parents’ Rights and the Value of the Family , Harry Brighouse and Adam Swift argue that a parent-child relationship should be both parent and child centered. Brighouse and Swift believe that in general, parents have rights in respect to their children. Thus, the parents are allowed to pursue certain of their own interests at some cost to the children’s interests, and it is wrong for anyone to prevent them from doing so. Additionally, they both state “there are things that are permissible for parents to do, for and with their children that is not permissible for anyone else to do.” Brighouse and Swift state that the justification of these components of parental rights is the interests of the parents only. Brighouse and Swift believe that the interest of the parents is the basis for parental rights because “parental rights are rights over others and they are rights over others who have no realistic exit option.” Since rights are instruments for protecting people’s abilities to make what they can of their own lives, rights over others are justified only by
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the appeal to the interests of those others. Brighouse and Swift state that there will
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