Filial Obligation in the West
Keywords:孝養義務, 親子關係, 感恩, 友誼, 特殊善, Filial obligations, parents/children relationship, gratitude, friendship, special good
LANGUAGE NOTE | Document text in Chinese; abstract also in English.
In the Western tradition, filial obligation dictates that adult children have a moral duty to provide financial and psychological support to their aging parents. In addition, children are required to meet their parents' “reasonable demands” under given circumstances. There are three accounts of filial obligations that provide specific answers to questions concerning parent-child relationships, such as on what grounds and when filial obligation is encouraged and required. In this paper, the author explores the idea of filial obligation in the West and offers a critical response to the issues involved.
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