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Theor Med Bioeth. 2012 Jun;33(3):199-205. doi: 10.1007/s11017-012-9222-4.

Doing the best for one's child: satisficing versus optimizing parentalism.

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City College, City University of New York, New York, NY, USA. jblustein@ccny.cuny.edu

Abstract

The maxim "parents should do what is in the best interests of their child" seems like an unassailable truth, and yet, as I argue here, there are serious problems with it when it is taken seriously. One problem concerns the sort of demands such a principle places on parents; the other concerns its larger social implications when conceived as part of a national policy for the rearing of children. The theory of parenting that creates these problems I call "optimizing parentalism." To avoid them, I define and defend a new and more morally appealing theory, "satisficing parentalism."

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10.1007/s11017-012-9222-4
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