Moral Obligations of Children to Parents
Webcast Q&A: 3 July 2011, Question 1
I answered a question on moral obligations of children to parents on 3 July 2011. You can listen to or download the podcast of just this question below – or check out the whole episode of Philosophy in Action Radio.
Do kids have moral obligations to their parents? If so, what obligations and why?
My Answer, In Brief: Morality is self-motivating: a person should act virtuously in order to live and be happy. Hence, there are no unchosen, unconditional moral obligations (i.e. duties) to other people. Instead, moral obligations to others arise from our own choices, particularly from promises and agreements that we make with others – and that applies to children as well as adults.
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