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PARENTAL LOVE PILLS: SOME ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS

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It may soon be possible to develop pills that allow parents to induce in themselves more loving behaviour, attitudes and emotions towards their children. In this paper, I consider whether pharmacologically induced parental love can satisfy reasonable conditions of authenticity; why anyone would be interested in taking such parental love pills at all, and whether inducing parental love pharmacologically promotes narcissism or results in self‐instrumentalization. I also examine how the availability of such pills may affect the duty to love a child.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8519.2009.01796.x

Affiliations: Faculty of Philosophy at Oxford University

Publication date: November 1, 2011

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