This episode is about
three principles of philosophy applied to parenting:
- Children own themselves (all people are self-owners).
- Parents have positive obligations towards their children (all
individuals are responsible for their own actions).
- It is wrong to initiate aggression against children (initiating
aggression against anyone is unjustifiable).
Philosophical principles don't provide detailed prescriptions for
parenting, but they do give a framework for understanding which
parenting practices are ethical.
If a principle is valid, then all its logical implications are
valid too, even if those implications challenge widely-accepted
practices. In the episode, I show how these principles can be
applied to reevaluate many common parenting practices.