Parental Responsibility: A Moving Target

  • Kristien Hens
  • Daniela Cutas
  • Dorothee Horstkötter
Part of the International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine book series (LIME, volume 69)


Beliefs about the moral status of children have changed significantly in recent decades in the Western world. At the same time, knowledge about likely consequences for children of individual, parental, and societal choices has grown, as has the array of choices that (prospective) parents may have at their disposal. The intersection between these beliefs, this new knowledge, and these new choices has created a minefield of expectations from parents and a seemingly ever-expanding responsibility towards their children. Some of these new challenges have resulted from progress in genetics and neuroscience. It is these challenges that we focus on in this introduction and volume.


Parental responsibility Genetics Neuroscience Childhood Parenting 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kristien Hens
    • 1
  • Daniela Cutas
    • 2
    • 3
  • Dorothee Horstkötter
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium
  2. 2.Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious StudiesUmeå UniversityUmeåSweden
  3. 3.Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of ScienceUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden
  4. 4.Department of Health, Ethics and Society, School of Mental Health and Neuroscience (MHeNS)University of MaastrichtMaastrichtThe Netherlands

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