Subject Philosophy General Philosophy


Philosophical Discussion on Jane English, "What Do Grown Children Owe Their Parents?" (pp 368-371).

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The friendship model does not exhaust the duties of children. In fact, it makes the relationship between parent and child not something that just exists, but rather, something that needs work, and it must be grounded by mutual love. English also challenges the idea that children owe something to their parents just by virtue of the fact that they are biological products of their parents. English proposes the idea that after a child becomes an adult the dynamic the parent/child relationship changes. The model actually has the potential to enhance relationships with their children and vice versa. The old model does not leave room for love. The old model is based on a “quid pro quo model.” When a parent tells an adult child he or she owes something it is an economic relationship. It leaves no room for love. In the economic model it does not matter if the child or parent love each other. It is a duty-bound relationship....

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