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Filial Responsibility and the Care of the Aged

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What obligations and responsibilities, if any, do adult children have with respect to their aged parents? This paper briefly considers the socio-historical and legal bases for filial obligations and suggests there is a mismatch between perceptions in the community over what they see as their obligations, what policy makers would like to impose and how philosophers identify and ground these obligations. Examining four philosophical models of filial obligation, we conclude that no one account provides an adequate justification for the types of responsibility that might be assumed in a family relationship.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, 2678, Australia

Publication date: August 1, 1997


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