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Welfare means relationality, virtue and altruism

Abstract:

This paper examines the nature of welfare and best interests as used in medical and family law. It argues that these are commonly presented in individualistic terms, requiring the court to promote the interests of a child or incompetent adult without reference to the interests of others. However, this paper argues that, properly understood, best interests and welfare should be taken as concepts which recognise the importance of relational interests, the performance of obligations, and the vir...

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Herring, J More by this author
Journal:
Legal Studies
Volume:
32
Issue:
3
Pages:
480-498
Publication date:
2012-09-05
DOI:
EISSN:
1748-121X
ISSN:
0261-3875
URN:
uuid:43c83dab-23ef-4122-81d6-721e7dd1466b
Source identifiers:
479167
Local pid:
pubs:479167
Language:
English

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