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dc.contributor.supervisor Lecce, Steven (Political Studies) en_US
dc.contributor.author Magnusson, Erik
dc.date.accessioned 2011-12-05T15:37:38Z
dc.date.available 2011-12-05T15:37:38Z
dc.date.issued 2011-12-05
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/4988
dc.description.abstract One of the important features which characterize contemporary democracies is their commitment to the equal and universal provision of individual rights. However, interesting complications arise when we think about how this commitment applies to children. On the one hand, children are citizens of the state, and thus have reasonable claim to a universally-accorded package of individual rights. On the other hand, children live under the auspice of their parents, and often seem ill-situated to access or exercise many of the rights which they are due as citizens. This thesis examines the extent to which the commonplace exemption of children from a full scheme of ‘ethical independence rights’ (including religious, expressive, or associational freedoms) is consistent with democratic principles. It argues that democratic values yield a strong presumption in favour of protecting ethical independence rights for children, and that the most prominent objections to this view are ultimately unpersuasive. en_US
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Politics en_US
dc.subject Theory en_US
dc.subject Children en_US
dc.subject Rights en_US
dc.subject Democracy en_US
dc.subject Philosophy en_US
dc.title Ethical independents: children and rights in democratic theory en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis
dc.degree.discipline Political Studies en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee McArthur, Neil (Philosophy) Vernon, Richard (Political Science, University of Western Ontario) en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts (M.A.) en_US
dc.description.note February 2012 en_US


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