Altruism, Welfare and the Law (SpringerBriefs in Law) by Charles Foster, Jonathan Herring

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By Charles Foster, Jonathan Herring

This booklet is an attack at the concept that it's empirically actual and legally and philosophically passable to determine people as atomistic entities. It contends that our welfare is inextricably entangled with that of others, and hence legislation and ethics, in settling on our greatest pursuits, may still recognize the principal value of relationality, the functionality of responsibilities, and (even it seems that injurious) altruism.

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1 That is not, of course, to harm the children. It promotes the welfare of a child to be in a family which considers the interest of all the family members (Sevenhuijsen 2003). It would not be in a child’s overall welfare interests for every decision pertaining to the child to be made solely on the grounds of that child’s best interests, when those best interests are assessed atomistically. Spoilt brats are not happy. Few of us—at least with the benefit of hindsight—would want to be raised in that way.

For him (by and large, although he was not entirely consistent), altruism did not necessarily imply detriment to the altruist. To the contrary, every individual was necessarily a social creature, and since altruism was essential to the health of that creature, each member of society was the beneficiary of her own altruism. But this did not mean that the individual vanished when properly integrated into her society—as his detailed examination of the question of altruistic suicides demonstrated (Golub 2014, pp.

Consider the following comment from a woman about using her husband, Andy, as a ‘carer’: I prefer to have Andy’s help as a caregiver as little as possible, simply because if your husband becomes your caregiver, then he isn’t your husband any more. The relationship is blurred there. If I still want to be a person unto myself, then I don’t want to include him in some parts of care, like a bowel treatment or a shower day (quoted in England and Dyck 2011, p. 206). This quotation highlights the fact that activities of care can take on different meanings, depending on the relationship between the parties.

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