Don’t downplay ‘play’: Reasons why health systems should protect childhood play

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There has been much research on the importance of play for children’s development. However, questions of its political importance and our public institutions’ duties to protect it have been largely neglected. This article argues that childhood play is politically important due to both its intrinsic and instrumental value, and it suggests that the duty to protect the capability for play in childhood falls, at least partially, upon the public health system. If this argument holds, it follows that we have stronger duties towards our children than we currently believe.
TidsskriftThe Journal of Medicine & Philosophy
StatusAccepteret/In press - 2019