The Ethics of Killing : Problems at the Margins of Life: Problems at the Margins of Life (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Dec 14, 2001 - Philosophy - 560 pages
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This magisterial work is the first comprehensive study of the ethics of killing, where the moral status of the individual killed is uncertain. Drawing on philosophical notions of personal identity and the immorality of killing, McMahan looks carefully at a host of practical issues, including abortion, infanticide, the killing of animals, assisted suicide, and euthanasia.
  

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Contents

IDENTITY
3
Are We Human Organisms?
24
The Psychological Account
39
The Embodied Mind Account
66
DEATH
95
The Metaphysical Problem
107
The Problem of Overdetermination
117
Overall Lifelong Fortune
145
Is a Later Abortion Worse?
288
TimeRelative Interests and Adaptation
294
Potential
302
The Sanctity of Human Life
329
Infanticide
338
Abortion as the Denial of LifeSupport
362
Abortion and SelfDefense
398
ENDINGS
423

The Deaths of Fetuses and Infants
165
A Paradox
185
Animals and Severely Cognitively Impaired Human Beings
203
Equality and Respect
232
BEGINNINGS
267
Prenatal Harm
280
Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
455
The Withering Away of the Self
493
NOTES
505
REFERENCES
521
INDEX OF CASES
531
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Page 10 - For if the identity of soul alone makes the same man, and there be nothing in the nature of matter why the same individual spirit may not be united to different bodies, it will be possible that those men living in distant ages, and of different tempers, may have been the same man: which way of speaking must be, from a very strange use of the word man, applied to an idea, out of which body and shape are excluded.

About the author (2001)

Jeff McMahan is Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University.

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