Parental Love Pills: Some Ethical Considerations

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It may soon be possible to develop pills that allow parents to induce in themselves more loving behaviour, attitudes and emotions towards their children. In this paper, I consider whether pharmacologically induced parental love can satisfy reasonable conditions of authenticity; why anyone would be interested in taking such parental love pills at all, and whether inducing parental love pharmacologically promotes narcissism or results in self-instrumentalization. I also examine how the availability of such pills may affect the duty to love a child.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)489-494
Number of pages6
Issue number9
StatePublished - Nov 2011


  • Duty to love
  • Parent love
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Right of children to be loved

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Philosophy
  • Health Policy

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