Don’t Put the Baby in the Dirty Bathwater! A Rejoinder

Costica Dumbrava*

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It is beyond dispute that any attempt to dislodge a deeply rooted and widespread institution such as ius sanguinis is bound to pose serious practical challenges. However, if one has compelling moral reasons for dismantling such an institution, one ought to work towards this end. Babies are born into a physical world and from actual bodies but they are not naturally born into families and citizenship. The latter are social conventions that demand our acceptance when they are justified and our courage to change and replace them when they are not. To my critics who worried that abolishing ius sanguinis amounts to throwing out the baby with the dirty bathwater I reply that we should not put the baby in the dirty bathwater in the first place.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDebating Transformations of National Citizenship
EditorsRainer Bauböck
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-06500-3, 978-3-319-92718-3, 978-3-319-92720-6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

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SeriesIMISCOE Research Series

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