Obligations to Parents
Webcast Q&A: Sunday, 10 April 2011, Question 3
I answered a question on obligations to parents on Philosophy in Action Radio on 10 April 2011. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.
Is it my responsibility to look after my parents in their old age? Should I expect to support my parents financially and/or care for them as they get older? More generally, what responsibilities do adult children have towards their parents, if any?
My Answer, In Brief: An adult child has no duty to sacrifice himself for his parents, but he ought to assist them in proportion to his capacity and their value to him.
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