• In this chapter, we aim to develop a set of considerations regarding the status of child poverty as moral damage. This approach may enrich the perspectives centered on material and social aspects, by enhancing our understanding of the complexities involved in the experience of child poverty. The consideration of child poverty as a form of moral damage could offer a complementary theoretical tool to analyze how the classic binomial aggressor-victim changes its shape in systemic collective problem…Read more
  • Children’s Rights, Bodily Integrity and Poverty Alleviation
    In Helmut P. Gaisbauer, Gottfried Schweiger & Clemens Sedmak (eds.), Ethical Issues in Poverty Alleviation, Springer. pp. 57-73. 2016.
    In this chapter, we explore the potential of children’s rights for the alleviation of poverty with a special focus on a child’s right to bodily integrity. In the fi rst section, we analyze the children’s rights discourse, which is closely connected to the Convention on the Rights of the Child of the United Nations (CRC). We recognize its importance but also detect a need to connect it more thoroughly to philosophical theories. In Sect. 4.2 therefore, we present a capability approach to children’…Read more
  •  15
    Justice and Children’s Rights: the Role of Moral Psychology in the Practical Philosophy Discourse
    Las Torres de Lucca: Revista Internacional de Filosofía Política 5 (8): 41-73. 2016.
    Justice for children meets specific obstacles when it comes to its realization due not only to the nature of rights and the peculiarities of children as subjects of rights. The conflict of interests between short-term and long-term aims, and the different interpretations a state can do on the question concerning how to materialize social rights policies and how to interpret its commitments on social justice play also a role. Starting by the question on why the affluent states do not seem to be m…Read more
  •  7
    States, as agents who make moral and political decisions, may also be influenced in decision making by emotions as fear, cognitive states as worry, expectations, etc. that will crystallize in the way they cope with the new challenging agenda. Bearing in mind that the argumentative debates about new risky technologies focus on the precautionary principle, and on an anticipated fear, this manuscript suggests to analyze the main biases that arise in the state anxiety (in attention, selection and ev…Read more
  •  11
    The classical dichotomical framework has shaped the western conceptualization of emotions and is still alive in our common imagery impregnating our own assumptions about the polarity emotion/reason. Thereby, my main purpose is to suggest that another framework can be defended. In order to it, I will firstly analyse the basis of this logic, as well as I will also offer a critique of its main principles and consequences. Finally, as a way of surpassing the old dichotomic model, I will argue in fav…Read more
  •  3
    This article addresses the debate on fuzzy cases concerning the so called ‘mild’ and sporadic instances of physical violence against children by caregivers. The end of violence toward children is a current goal in the international scenario. However, myths on the use of violence and the scope of parental rights still survive. Thus, I examine the main theoretical, ethical and political challenges regarding conceptual clear-cut boun- daries and the burden of proof when justifying violence. Finally…Read more
  •  26
    Todas las personas estamos dotadas de una conciencia moral. Además, solemos pensar que si algo es bueno o malo, lo es para cualquier persona en cualquier lugar. Sin embargo, la interacción con miembros de otras culturas, los dilemas propios de sociedades interculturales y los retos diarios de la convivencia con otras personas nos confrontan en muchas ocasiones con una realidad: el desacuerdo moral. Todos parecemos saber por qué lo bueno es bueno y lo malo es malo, hasta que tratamos de justifi…Read more
  •  21
    ¿Qué debo hacer? ¿Qué quiero hacer? ¿Qué esperan de mí? Estas preguntas, presentes en nuestra vida cotidiana, nos remiten a una tensión a resolver en nuestra conciencia. El problema es que un dilema es un enfrentamiento de dos valores o principios que defendemos y a los que no queremos renunciar. Ante este panorama, ¿puede la filosofía resolver dilemas de la vida actual? La filosofía práctica tiene, sin duda, mucho que decir. Comprender la naturaleza de estos dilemas y los conceptos que los sust…Read more
  •  10
    Poverty and the Political Powerlessness of Children
    Astrolabio. Revista Internacional de Filosofía 19 111-122. 2017.
    Children are affected by poverty more often than adults, and growing up in poverty has severe and long-lasting negative consequences for a child’s well-being. How-ever, children are also in a very weak position, both to escape poverty on their own and to publicly and politically enforce their claims to a better life. Accordingly, children living in poverty are victims of two intersecting forms of powerlessness: they are children and they are poor. In this article, we analyze this particular type…Read more
  •  127
    Our concern is with the ethical issues related to girlhood and bodily integrity—the right to be free from physical harm and harassment and to experience freedom and security in relation to the body. We defend agency, positive self-relations, and health as basic elements of bodily integrity and we advocate that this normative concept be used as a conceptual tool for the protection of the rights of girls. We assume the capability approach developed by Martha Nussbaum as an ethical framework that e…Read more
  • Health, justice and happiness during childhood
    with Gunter Graf and Gottfried Schweiger
    South African Journal of Philosophy 33 (4). 2014.
    Health is certainly a valuable asset in the life of every human being and of particular relevance for a flourishing childhood. As empirical research concerning the social determinants of health shows, its distribution can, at least to a certain extent, be influenced by the way a society is arranged. Many philosophers now acknowledge that a fair distribution of health has to be a central part of a just society and they discuss to what extent a right to health can be justified. However, they do no…Read more