Jean Kazez

Jean Kazez

Jean Kazez teaches philosophy at Southern Methodist University, and is the author of The Philosophical Parent: Asking the Hard Questions about Having and Raising Children (Oxford University Press). The book explores the many interesting philosophical puzzles we encounter in the course of having and raising children: Why do we want children? Should we have them? How should we have them? Who is entitled to raise a particular child? How should we deal with dilemmas like whether to circumcise a baby, whether to lie to a toddler, and whether to influence the religious and political outlook of a teenager? Should we “gender educate” our kids, or leave gender entirely up to them? What do we get out of being parents: Happiness? Meaning? Something else? Her other books are Animalkind: What We Owe to Animals, and The Weight of Things: Philosophy and the Good Life.

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