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Nursing the child

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The concept of childhood is relatively new in terms of social history. From the ancient Greeks until the latter part of the nineteenth century, children were regarded as chattels or the property of their parents. Aristotle in the Nicomachean Ethics stated:

for there can be no injustice in the unqualified sense towards things that are one’s own, but a man’s chattel, and his child until it reaches a certain age and sets up for itself, are as it were part of himself.

(Aristotle, 1980, p. 123)

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© Ruth Chadwick & Win Tadd 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Applied Ethics Philosophy SectionUniversity of Wales College of CardiffUK
  2. 2.Gwent Health AuthorityUK

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