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International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine

Parental Responsibility in the Context of Neuroscience and Genetics

Editors: Hens, Kristien, Cutas, Daniela, Horstkötter, Dorothee (Eds.)

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  • The first volume to address the requirements and limits of parental responsibility in the face of recent developments in neuroscience and genetics
  • Explores a number of contemporary interpretations of moral responsibility, both at a theoretical and at an empirical level
  • Covers a wide range of topics and includes contributions from researchers from different fields
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Should parents aim to make their children as normal as possible to increase their chances to “fit in”? Are neurological and mental health conditions a part of children’s identity and if so, should parents aim to remove or treat these? Should they aim to instill self-control in their children? Should prospective parents take steps to insure that, of all the children they could have, they choose the ones with the best likely start in life?

This volume explores all of these questions and more. Against the background of recent findings and expected advances in neuroscience and genetics, the extent and limits of parental responsibility are increasingly unclear. Awareness of the effects of parental choices on children’s wellbeing, as well as evolving norms about the moral status of children, have further increased expectations from (prospective) parents to take up and act on their changing responsibilities. 
The contributors discuss conceptual issues such as the meaning and sources of moral responsibility, normality, treatment, and identity. They also explore more practical issues such as how responsibility for children is practiced in Yoruba culture in Nigeria or how parents and health professionals in Belgium perceive the dilemmas generated by prenatal diagnosis.

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“This is a collection of 14 scholarly articles contributed by 19 authors on parental rights and the care of children in light of neuroscience and genetics. … It is a timely and worthy objective, and one which the authors accomplish well. … This book is suitable for university students, academics, researchers, and medical practitioners.” (Benjamin Parks, Doody’s Book Reviews, April, 2017)


Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Parental Responsibility: A Moving Target

    Pages 1-12

    Hens, Kristien (et al.)

  • Normative Responsibilities: Structure and Sources

    Pages 13-33

    Björnsson, Gunnar (et al.)

  • Disorders Are Reduced Normativity Emerging from the Relationship Between Organisms and Their Environment

    Pages 35-54

    Bosman, Anna M. T.

  • Advances in Genetics and Neuroscience: A Challenge for Personalizing Child and Youth Health Care?

    Pages 55-72

    Syurina, Elena V. (et al.)

  • Raising Self-Controlled Children. A Philosophical Analysis of Neuroscience and Social Psychology Perspectives

    Pages 73-90

    Horstkötter, Dorothee

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Hardcover $119.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Parental Responsibility in the Context of Neuroscience and Genetics
Editors
  • Kristien Hens
  • Daniela Cutas
  • Dorothee Horstkötter
Series Title
International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine
Series Volume
69
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-42834-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-42834-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-42832-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-82675-2
Series ISSN
1567-8008
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 246
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations
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