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The ethics of killing : problems at the margins of life

Author: Jeff McMahan
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2002.
Series: Oxford ethics series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book is a comprehensive study of the ethics of killing in cases in which the metaphysical or moral status of the individual killed is uncertain or controversial. Among the beings whose status is questionable or marginal in this way are human embryos and fetuses, neonates, animals, anencephalic infants, human beings with severe, congenital, cognitive impairments, and human beings who have become severely  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jeff McMahan
ISBN: 0195079981 9780195079982 0195169824 9780195169829
OCLC Number: 46641959
Description: xiii, 540 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. IDENTITY: Preliminaries --
The soul --
Are we human organisms? --
The psychological account --
The embodied mind account --
2. DEATH: Preliminaries --
The problem of comparison --
The metaphysical problem --
The problem of overdetermination --
Overall lifelong fortune --
The death of fetuses and infants --
A paradox --
3. KILLING: The wrongness of killing and the badness of death --
Animals and severely cognitively impaired human beings --
Equality and respect --
4. BEGINNINGS: Early abortion --
Late abortion --
Prenatal harm --
Is a later abortion worse? --
Time-relative interests and adaptation --
Potential --
The sanctity of human life --
Infanticide --
Abortion as the denial of life support --
Abortion and self-defense --
5. ENDINGS: When do we die, or cease to exist? --
Euthanasia and assisted suicide --
The withering away of the self.
Series Title: Oxford ethics series.
Responsibility: by Jeff McMahan.
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