Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

For comments on different chapters, including drafts, I thank James Wood Bailey, Sotirios Barber, Sammy Basu, Aurelian Craiutu, Patrick Deneen, Caryl Emerson, John Finnis, Michael Frank, David Innes, Edward Keynes, Andrew Koppelman, Yvan Lengwiler, Shannon Masterson, Jacqueline Pfeffer Merrill, Thomas Merrill, Randall Miller, Jack Nowlin, Hilary Persky, ...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-17

Children depend on adults for many things, and this dependence encompasses more than material needs. Certain intangible goods—education, for example—are just as crucial to their well-being. These observations are hardly provocative, and any sustained commentary on human society that wants to be taken seriously is unlikely to deny this dependence. ...

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Chapter One: How the “Moral Reticence” of Contemporary Liberalism Affects Children

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pp. 18-45

Most reflective persons would admit that the welfare of children in a country greatly depends on the social conditions and intellectual currents within it. It is easy to imagine some societies being highly sensitive to the needs of children and others being far less responsive. ...

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Chapter Two: Children and the False Charms of Liberal Feminism

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pp. 46-98

If the argument just presented is sound, then some liberal thinkers have oversimplified an important theoretical matter. To judge from the writings cited in the last chapter, these thinkers hold that the archetypal figure in political society is the adult citizen, living in a world where only adults are present. ...

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Chapter Three: The “Right to Privacy” and Some Forgotten Interests of Children

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pp. 99-138

In the last two chapters, I explored some theoretical problems in liberal thought as they relate to the lives of American children. In this chapter and the next one, I add concreteness to the discussion by reviewing some cases decided by the Supreme Court of the United States. ...

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Chapter Four: Conflicting Images of Children in First Amendment Jurisprudence

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pp. 139-196

The Supreme Court’s invention of a broad right to sexual freedom and its failure to discuss any responsibilities attendant upon its exercise show that jurists as well as political theorists can adopt a morally reticent outlook on matters of great public consequence. The analysis in the last chapter also raises questions. ...

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Chapter Five: Looking Backwards and Forward

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pp. 197-220

This chapter includes further thoughts on where American liberalism has been in recent decades and a slightly hopeful projection about where it might be going. The trends documented in this book may continue, but contemporary liberalism has some of the resources needed to resist them. ...

Index

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pp. 221-234