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The Ethics of Killing – Problems at the Margins of Life - Oxford Scholarship Online
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The Ethics of Killing: Problems at the Margins of Life

Jeff McMahan


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 those beings whose status is questionable or marginal in this way are human embryos and fetuses, newborn infants, animals, anencephalic infants, human beings with severe congenital and cognitive impairments, and human beings who have become severely demented or irreversibly comatose. In an effort to understand the moral status of these beings, this book develops and defends distinctive accounts of the nature of personal identity, the ev ... More

Keywords: abortion, anencephalic infants, animals, brain death, dementia, ethics, euthanasia, killing, Jeff McMahan, personal identity, prenatal, philosophy, suicide

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Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195079982
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195079981.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeff McMahan, author
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
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