Am I My Parents' Keeper?: An Essay on Justice Between the Young and the Old

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The rapidly increasing numbers of elderly people in our society have raised some important moral questions: How should we distribute social resources among different age groups? What does justice require from both the young and the old? In this book, Norman Daniels offers the first systematic philosophical discussion of these urgent questions, advocating what he calls a "lifespan" approach to the problem: Since, as they age, people pass through a variety of institutions, the challenge of caring for the elderly becomes the prudent allocation of public resources among the various stages of people's lives. Using this philosophical approach, Daniels addresses specific public policy issues such as the allocation of medical funds, the adequacy of long-term care, current Medicare cost-containment measures, and the equitable distribution of income support over the lifespan and between generations.

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Norman Daniels is the Chairman of the Department of Philosophy at Tufts University. He is the author of Just Health Care.

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Since most of us live to be old, we need not think of different age groups as engaged in a struggle for scarce medical and income resources. Rather, allocation may be viewed as a scheme for rationing and determining which age group can use the resources best. In essence, Daniels is defending Medicare and Social Security against its critics. He argues that we are not our parents' keepers and that the prudent way to care for the elderly is via intelligent design of social institutions. This rigorous book is a delight for philosophers but may prove abstract for the general reader. Sidney Gendin, Eastern Michigan Univ., Ypsilanti.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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