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Unformatted text preview: Although the loyalty and obedience towards one ’ s parents are supposed to be absolute, this doesn ’ t mean we must always follow their commands. Societal roles like “ father, ” “ ruler, ” and “ child ” are not just descriptions. They are descriptions + normative principles. To be a father, you need to both be related to a child and treat that child with benevolence. A “ father ” who locks his child up in a basement for years has in no way displayed benevolence towards his child. He has failed to fulfill the “ father ” normative principle and, thus, is not a father. Xiao, then, doesn ’ t apply and the child is not required to obey....
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This note was uploaded on 05/09/2011 for the course PHIL 215 taught by Professor John during the Spring '11 term at Ohio State.
- Spring '11