Title

Licensing parents.

SelectedWorks Author Profiles:

Hugh LaFollette

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1980

Date Issued

January 1980

Date Available

July 2014

ISSN

0048-3915

Abstract

In this essay I shall argue that the state should require all parents to be licensed. My main goal is to demonstrate that the licensing of parents is theoretically desirable, though I shall also argue that a workable and just licensing program actually could be established. My strategy is simple. After developing the basic rationale for the licensing of parents, I shall consider several objections to the proposal and argue that these objections fail to undermine it. I shall then isolate some striking similarities between this licensing program and our present policies on the adoption of children. If we retain these adoption policies-as we surely should-then, I argue, a general licensing program should also be established. Finally, I shall briefly suggest that the reason many people object to licensing is that they think parents, particularly biological parents, own or have natural sovereignty over their children.

Comments

This article has been reprinted in the following publications: 2013: Morality and Moral Controversies (9th Ed). S. Scalet and J. Arthur (eds.). Prentice-Hall; 2011: The Ethical Life: Fundamental Readings in Ethics and Moral Problems (2nd Ed.). R. Shafer-Landau. Oxford University Press; 2009: What's Wrong: Applied Ethicists and Their Critics (2nd ed) D. Boonin and G. Oddie (Eds). Oxford University Press; 2008: Morality and Moral Controversies (8th ed). J. Arthur and S. Scalet (Eds.). Prentice-Hall; 2009: The Ethical Life: Fundamental Readings in Ethics and Moral Problems. R. Shafer-Landau. Oxford University Press; 2005: What's Wrong: Applied Ethicists and Their Critics. D. Boonin and G. Oddie (Eds). Oxford University Press; 2005: Morality and Moral Controversies (7th ed). J. Arthur (Ed.). Prentice-Hall; 2005: Environmental Ethics (4th ed). L. Pojman (Ed.). Wadsworth; 2004: Applied Ethics: Reflective Moral Reasoning. S. Dimock and C. Tucker. Thomson Nelson; 2004: Critically Thinking about Medical Ethics. R. Card (Ed.). Prentice-Hall; 2004: Should Parents Be Licensed? P. Tittle (Ed.). Prometheus Books; 2003: The Moral Life (2nd). L. Pojman (Ed.). Oxford University Press; 2002: Morality and Moral Controversies (6th ed). J. Arthur (Ed.). Prentice-Hall; 2001: Environmental Ethics (3rd ed). L. Pojman (Ed.). Wadsworth; 2000: Power Web Philosophy. G. Pence (Ed.). McGraw-Hill; 1999: Family, State, and Law. M. Freeman (Ed.). Ashgate Publishing; 1999: Cases and Materials on Family Law (4th ed). J. Areen (Ed.). Foundation; 1999: Family Values. L. Houlgate (Ed.). Wadsworth; 1999: The Moral Life. L. Pojman (Ed.). Oxford University Press; 1999: Morality & Moral Controversies (5th ed). J. Arthur (Ed.). Prentice-Hall; 1998: The Moral Life (2nd ed). C. Brown and S. Luper (Eds). Harcourt, Brace; 1998: Environmental Ethics (2nd ed). L. Pojman (Ed.). Wadsworth; 1996: Morality & Moral Controversies (4th ed). J. Arthur (Ed.). Prentice-Hall; 1994: Environmental Ethics. L. Pojman (Ed.). Wadsworth; 1993: Morality & Moral Controversies (3rd ed). J. Arthur (Ed.). Prentice-Hall; 1992: Cases and Materials on Family Law (3rd ed). J. Areen (Ed.). Foundation; 1992: The Moral Life. C. Brown and S. Luper-Foy (Eds). Harcourt, Brace; 1989: Moral Choices. J. Grcic (Ed.). West Publishing; 1986: Asking the Right Questions (2nd ed). M.N. Browne and S. Keeley. Prentice-Hall; 1986: Morality & Moral Controversies (2nd ed). J. Arthur (Ed.). Prentice-Hall; 1985: Occasions for Philosophy (2nd ed). J. Edwards (Ed.). Prentice-Hall; 1985: Cases and Materials on Family Law (2nd ed). J. Areen (Ed.). Foundation. Citation only. Full-text article is available through licensed access provided by the publisher. Published in Philosophy & Public Affairs, 9(2), 182-197. Members of the USF System may access the full-text of the article through the authenticated link provided.

Language

en_US

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.

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