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Volume 24 • Number 1

January 2010



An Argument against Spanking

by Gary Bartlett

It is likely that you, like I, were sometimes spanked by your parents. A 1995 Gallup Poll found spanking to be used by 74 percent of U.S. parents of children aged seventeen or younger. But there is ongoing public debate over spanking. A lot of the debate concerns whether it should be legal. I shall not address this question, but rather whether spanking is morally permissible. I shall argue that it is not. I shall not argue that it should therefore be illegal. (Even if spanking is wrong, a law against it might constitute an undue intrusion of the state into the private sphere.)

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ISSN: 2152-0542