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Body-self dualism in contemporary ethics and politics

Author: Patrick Lee; Robert P George
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008.
Series: MyiLibrary.
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"Patrick Lee and Robert P. George argue that human beings are physical, animal organisms - albeit essentially rational and free - and examine the implications of this understanding of human beings for some of the most controversial issues in contemporary ethics and politics. The authors argue that human beings are animal organisms and that their personal identity across time consists in the persistence of the animal  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Patrick Lee; Robert P George
ISBN: 9780521882484 0521882486
OCLC Number: 137244663
Description: ix, 222 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Human beings are animals --
Main challenges to establishing the first premise --
Animals are enduring agents --
Sensation is a bodily act --
In human being the agent that performs the act of sensing is identical with the agent that performs the act of understanding --
An argument from the nature of human intelligence --
On privileged access and the modal argument for substance dualism --
Human and personal identity : the psychological continuity view --
Against constitutionalism --
Conjoined twins and organic unity and distinctness --
Human beings are persons --
The difference in kind between human beings and other animals --
Conceptual thought --
Free choice, moral agency --
Survival after death --
The human soul after death --
Resurrection of the body --
Personhood and human dignity --
Hedonism and hedonistic drug-taking --
What hedonism is --
Preliminary arguments against psychological and ethical hedonism --
An argument against hedonism from qualitative differences among pleasures --
Hedonism and dualism --
Pleasures are good only as aspects of real perfections --
Hedonistic drug-taking --
Abortion --
The biological issue : human embryos or fetuses are complete (though immature) human beings --
No person arguments : the dualist version --
No person arguments : the evaluative version --
The argument that abortion is justified as nonintentional killing --
Euthanasia --
Human life and personhood near the end of life --
The human individual remains a person during his or her whole duration --
Why suicide and euthanasia are morally wrong --
Intentional killing vs. causing death as a side effect --
Human life is an intrinsic good --
The definition of death --
The criterion of death --
Human life and dignity --
Sex and the body --
Sex and marriage --
Sex and pleasure --
Sex, love, and affection --
Sodomy --
Fornication --
Objections --
Non-marital sex acts, multiple partners, incest, bestiality.
Series Title: MyiLibrary.
Responsibility: Patrick Lee, Robert P. George.
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Is biological life an essential aspect of a human person, or only an extrinsic instrument? Lee and George argue that human beings are physical, animal organisms and examine the implications of this  Read more...

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