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The Future of BioethicsInternational Dialogues$
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Akira Akabayashi

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199682676

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682676.001.0001

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Commentary

Commentary

In Defence of Repugnance

Chapter:
(p.366) 10.2 Commentary
Source:
The Future of Bioethics
Author(s):

Catherine Mills

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682676.003.0046

This commentary focuses on Youngner’s arguments against the so-called ‘wisdom of repugnance’, specifically his claims that the recourse to repugnance is merely rhetorical and has little to contribute to social progress. His concern with repugnance invites us to engage in a broader debate on the proper role of emotions in ethics and public morality. Against Youngner, the author defends repugnance as a moral emotion, suggesting that it can be constitutive of membership in a moral community.

Keywords:   Wisdom of repugnance, Emotion in ethics, Moral community, Moral emotion, Stuart Youngner

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