A Virtual Author-Meets-Critics with Liz Cripps on her forthcoming book The Last Parents on Earth: Raising Children in a World in Crisis (MIT Press, 2023)
We raise our children in a flawed and fragile world. Climate change, pandemics, superbugs resistant to antibiotics. Extreme inequality, endemic poverty, institutionalised racism and sexism. What does it mean to be a ‘good parent’, in the face of all this? This book is one woman’s quest for an answer, as a philosopher and a mother. It asks what we owe our kids. Not only a world they can grow and prosper in, but a just one, where their children and grandchildren can flourish too, where all children can lead a decent life, and the amazing ecosystems around them can thrive. It shows why affluent mums and dads should be activists, should live and raise their kids differently. It acknowledges just how hard this is to do, in the face of social indifference, psychological blocks – and how much parents already have on their plates.
Professor Adam Swift, Professor of political philosopher, University College London, and co-author of Family Values: The Ethics of Parent-Child Relationships (Princeton, 2014).