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Moral Status: Obligations to Persons and Other Living Things

Mary Anne Warren


This book explores a theoretical question that lies at the heart of practical ethics: what are the criteria for having moral status? In other words, what are the criteria for being an entity towards which people have moral obligations? Some philosophers maintain that there is one intrinsic property — for instance, life, sentience, humanity, or moral agency. Others believe that relational properties, such as belonging to a human community, are more important. In Part I of the book, the author argues that no single property can serve as the sole criterion for moral status; instead, life, sentien ... More

Keywords: ethics, moral obligation, moral status, euthanasia, abortion, human rights, animal rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198250401
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198250401.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mary Anne Warren, author
San Francisco State University