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The Resource The ethics of killing : problems at the margins of life, by Jeff McMahan

The ethics of killing : problems at the margins of life, by Jeff McMahan

Label
The ethics of killing : problems at the margins of life
Title
The ethics of killing
Title remainder
problems at the margins of life
Statement of responsibility
by Jeff McMahan
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "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 demented or irreversibly comatose." "In an attempt to understand the moral status of these beings, Jeff McMahan develops and defends distinctive accounts of the nature of personal identity, the evaluation of death, and the wrongness of killing. He contends that the morality of killing is not unitary; rather, the principles that determine the morality of killing in marginal cases are different from those that govern the killing of persons who are self-conscious and rational."--Jacket
  • "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 demented or irreversibly comatose." "In an attempt to understand the moral status of these beings, Jeff McMahan develops and defends distinctive accounts of the nature of personal identity, the evaluation of death, and the wrongness of killing. He contends that the morality of killing is not unitary; rather, the principles that determine the morality of killing in marginal cases are different from those that govern the killing of persons who are self-conscious and rational."--BOOK JACKET
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
McMahan, Jeff
Dewey number
179.7
Index
index present
LC call number
HV6515
LC item number
.M35 2002
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Oxford ethics series
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Murder
  • Abortion
  • Killing of the elderly
  • Killing of the mentally ill
  • Euthanasia
  • Euthanasia
  • Abortion, Induced
  • Attitude to Death
  • Embryo Research
  • Patient Rights
Label
The ethics of killing : problems at the margins of life, by Jeff McMahan
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
46641959
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 540 pages
Isbn
9780195079982
Isbn Type
(hardbd. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2001021768
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
The ethics of killing : problems at the margins of life, by Jeff McMahan
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
46641959
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 540 pages
Isbn
9780195079982
Isbn Type
(hardbd. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2001021768
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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