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By Johannes Drerup, Gunter Graf, Christoph Schickhardt, Gottfried Schweiger

This quantity contributes to the continuing interdisciplinary controversies in regards to the ethical, felony and political prestige of youngsters and adolescence. It includes essays by means of students from varied disciplinary backgrounds on various theoretical difficulties and public coverage controversies that endure upon various points of the lifetime of youngsters in modern liberal democracies. The publication is split into 3 significant elements which are every one equipped round a standard basic subject. The first half (“Children and formative years: Autonomy, future health and Paternalism”) focusses on key suggestions of an ethics of adolescence. half two (“Justice for Children”) includes chapters which are enthusiastic about the subjects of justice for kids and justice in the course of formative years. The third half (“The Politics of Childhood”) bargains with matters that challenge the significance of `childhood´ as a traditionally contingent political type and its relevance for the justification and useful layout of political strategies and associations that impact young ones and households.

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The case of children is more specific because paternalism towards children seems to be justified by default. This does not mean that parents do not have to care about their children’s opinions. It just means that, in the end, parents have the last word in vital matters concerning the child’s life. The best-interestprinciple is controversial for many reasons. However, it seems that future-oriented paternalism needs this principle in the one or other version. Hence, for the sake of argument, let us assume it is a valid principle.

Their parents have a sort of rule and justification over them when they come into the world, and for some 2 I am skeptical that even the aggregation of quantitative reasons (like the aggregation of pleasurable experiences) would have the normative weight to justify future-oriented paternalism. 2 Future-Oriented Paternalism and the Intrinsic Goods of Childhood 21 time after, but `tis but a temporary one. […] Age and reason as they grow up, loosen them till at length they drop quite off, and leave a man at his own free disposal” (Locke 1988, V/55).

While the children are happily running around the top, full of curiosity, imagination and playfulness, the philosopher is completely focused on his thoughts and observations and not even aware of the playing children (Kafka 1995). The philosopher is so interested in the mechanics of the top that he does not recognize the complex analogue picture of the situation. In this way the story expresses a sharp contrast between the mind-sets of the playing children on the one hand and the philosopher on the other.

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