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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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In Defence of Repugnance

(p.366) 10.2 Commentary
The Future of Bioethics

Catherine Mills

Oxford University Press

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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