Lecture_12_family_obligations_English_AC

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Family obligations: English Lecture 12: June 18 th , 2009
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Context Rachels – focus is on understanding our family obligations. Morality is often considered impartial. Two questions about family obligations. The nature of those obligations. How those obligations fit into a larger moral context. English – focus is on the nature of family obligations. More specifically she suggests a way of understanding our obligations to our parents
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What do grown children owe their parents? To “owe” is to repay a debt or favour. We do not need to repay a debt for voluntary sacrifices. “Owing” terminology “You owe it to us to write home because of all we sacrificed for you.” Children don’t “owe” parents anything. This does not mean that there aren’t things that children ought to do for their parents.
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Favours and voluntary sacrifices Favours can create debts. Max asks Nina to take care
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