This chapter discusses the different classes of children and the way in which their legal treatment has been influenced by the way they are viewed by society. These include children conceived as the result of passionate encounters, children of marriage, adopted children, children of a named male (i.e. children of unmarried women), stepchildren, and artificially conceived children. It demonstrates that the legal protections afforded to specific classes of children often correspond to society's views about the manner in which they are conceived. This is important with regard to children of science because understanding these social views helps to predict the manner in which the law may allocate the paternity of the men involved in their conception.
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