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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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Response to Commentaries

Response to Commentaries

(p.377) 10.4 Response to Commentaries
The Future of Bioethics

Stuart J. Youngner

Oxford University Press

When scholars grant wisdom to their own emotions, they become advocates (political or religious) pushing some cause or another. Dr. Mills gives us no way of deciding which emotions should be given prominence in moral decision-making. When she touts her own favourite form of repugnance (against state-sponsored torture) without argument, she abandons her role as scholar. Dr. Ikeda goes too far when he seems to equate the mental abilities of people with Down’s Syndrome with those of chimpanzees. Certainly, many of the former outperform all of the latter when it comes to intelligence, compassion, and social sophistication. PVS or anencephaly would make better examples than Down’s Syndrome for the argument Ikeda wishes to make.

Keywords:   Wisdom of repugnance, state-sanctioned terrorism, speciesism, animal rights, moral boundaries

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