The Ethics of Killing: Problems at the Margins of Life

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Oxford University Press, Jan 3, 2002 - 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

1 IDENTITY
3
2 DEATH
95
3 KILLING
189
4 BEGINNINGS
267
5 ENDINGS
423

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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.

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Jeff McMahan is Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University.

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