Childhood faces humanity with its own deepest and most perplexing
questions. An ethics that truly includes the world's childhoods
would transcend pre-modern traditional communities and modern
rational autonomy with a postmodern aim of growing responsibility.
It would understand human relations in a poetic rather than
universalistic sense as openly and interdependently creative. As a
consequence, it would produce new understandings of moral being,
time, and otherness, as well as of religion, rights, narrative,
families, obligation, and power.
Ethics in Light of Childhood fundamentally reimagines
ethical thought and practice in light of the experiences of the
third of humanity who are children. Much like humanism, feminism,
womanism, and environmentalism, Wall argues, a new childism is
required that transforms moral thinking, relations, and societies
in fundamental ways. Wall explores childhood's varied impacts on
ethical thinking throughout history, advances the emerging
interdisciplinary field of childhood studies, and reexamines basic
assumptions in contemporary moral theory and practice.
In the process, he does not just apply ethics to childhood but
applies childhood to ethics-in order to imagine a more expansive
Subjects: Philosophy, Sociology
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