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Moral Status Obligations to Persons and Other Living Things

ISBN-10: 0198250401
ISBN-13: 9780198250401
Edition: 1999
Authors: Mary Anne Warren
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Description: Mary Anne Warren explores a theoretical question which 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  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/20/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 274
Size: 5.50" wide x 11.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Mary Anne Warren explores a theoretical question which 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, Warren argues that no single property can serve as the sole criterion for moral status; instead, life, sentience, moral agency, and social and biotic relationships are all relevant, each in a different way. She presents seven basic principles, each focusing on a property that can, in combination with others, legitimately affect an agent's moral obligations towards entities of a given type. In Part II, these principles are applied in an examination of three controversial ethical issues: voluntary euthanasia, abortion

An Account of Moral Status
The Concept of Moral Status
Reverence for Life
Sentience and the Utilitarian Calculus
Personhood and Moral Rights
The Relevance of Relationships
A Multi-Criterial Analysis of Moral Status
Selected Applications
Applying the Principles
Euthanasia and the Moral Status of Human Beings
Abortion and Human Rights
Animal Rights and Human Limitations
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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