The Philosophical Parent

Oxford University Press
Illustrated Discussion Guide

Table of Contents

1. Children Come from Us What’s so special about having kids?

2. Life is Good Are babies lucky to be born or just the opposite?

3. Quantity Control Must we care about population statistics?

4. Quality Control Should we mess with nature?

5. In the Beginning What’s going on in there?

6. A Child is Born Is labor pain simply awful?

7. Whose Child is This? Why do biological parents have prerogatives?

8. Nobody’s Child Does biology really matter?

9. Parenthood’s End What’s a parent for?

10. First Decisions To cut or not to cut?

11. Still Life with Child Who’s going to care for the baby?

12. Boys and Girls Is it OK to prefer a girl/boy? Should parents reinforce gender?

13. The One and the Many When must I contribute to group efforts?

14. Lies, Lies, Lies Should we ever lie to children…or for them?

15. Passing on Religion Should we raise children in our own image?

16. Letting Go What should we do for our grown children?

17. Going Home What should our grown children do for us?

18. Parenthood and Meaning Does parenthood make us better off?

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