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Taking Life: Three Theories on the Ethics of Killing

Torbjorn Tannsjo


When and why is it all right to kill? When and why is it wrong? Three theories on the ethics of killing are critically examined in the book: deontology, a libertarian moral rights theory, and utilitarianism. The implications of each theory are worked out for different kinds of killing in chapters on murder, capital punishment, suicide, assisted death, abortion, survival lotteries, killing in war, and the killing of animals. With the help of a survey given to 1,000 participants in three very different countries (China, Russia, and the United States), the book focuses on various thought-provokin ... More

Keywords: ethics of killing, deontology, moral right, utilitarianism, moral epistemology, considered moral intuition, cognitive psychotherapy, abduction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190225575
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190225575.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Torbjorn Tannsjo, author
Stockholm University