Justice, integrity and moral community: Do parents owe it to their children to bring them up as good global climate citizens?

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Abstract

This paper asks whether parents owe it to their children to bring them up as good global climate citizens. Four arguments are considered,with increasing success: that there are social disadvantages to immoral behaviour; that moral integrity is required for a full human life; that the capacity for such integrity is so needed;and that the duty is demanded by the life-shaping parent-child relationship and the fact that parents have climate justice duties.Given this, enabling and motivating one’s child to respond to climate change is part of valuing that child as a future member of the same global moral community as oneself.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-59
JournalProceedings of the Aristotelian Society
Volume117
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Mar 2017

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