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date: 12 July 2020

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This chapter examines various recent challenges that the family poses for the articulation of a comprehensive account of distribution that is broadly egalitarian in character, a topic largely ignored by many prominent theorists. It considers how opportunities to form families should be distributed, who should bear the costs of rearing children, and how the justice-based entitlements of children should be understood in relation to their parents and other adults. Attention is given to the tension between equality and parental partiality and to the way in which justice should be concerned with the provision and distribution of intrinsic goods of childhood.

Keywords: distributive justice, parental partiality, goods of childhood, right to parent, dual parental rights, egalitarianism, relational equality

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