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    A Philosophical Justification For Children's Rights

    Victor L. Worsfold
    The author discusses the status of children's rights according to various philosophical conceptions of social justice. He describes three traditional paternalist views of children and concludes that, on the whole, they are discouraging in their implications for children. After analyzing some of the difficulties of previous philosophical attempts to create systems of justice ensuring children's rights, Worsfold sets forth three criteria which any adequate justification for children's rights must fulfill. He argues that these criteria are best met within the theory of justice proposed by John Rawls which, while still paternalistic, presents a more adequate framework for securing children's rights to fair treatment.

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    Spring 1974 Issue


    Student Classification, Public Policy, and the Courts
    David L. Kirp
    An Interview with Marian Wright Edelman
    Marian Wright Edelman
    Radical Correctional Reform
    A Case Study of the Massachusetts Youth Correctional System
    Lloyd E. Ohlin, Robert B. Coates, Alden D. Miller
    Myths and Realities in the Search for Juvenile Justice
    A Statement by The Honorable Justine Wise Polier
    Justine Wise Polier
    A Policy Statement on Assessment Procedures and the Rights of Children
    Jane R. Mercer
    A Philosophical Justification For Children's Rights
    Victor L. Worsfold
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