TITLE

Life-Prolonging Killings and their Relevance to Ethics

AUTHOR(S)
Lippert-Rasmussen, Kasper
PUB. DATE
June 1999
SOURCE
Ethical Theory & Moral Practice;Jun1999, Vol. 2 Issue 2, p135
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
What makes killing morally wrong? And what makes killing morally worse than letting die? Standard answers to these two questions presuppose that killing someone involves shortening that person's life. Yet, as I argue in the first two sections of this article, this presupposition is false: Life-prolonging killings are conceivable. In the last two sections of the article, I explore the significance of the conceivability of such killings for various discussions of the two questions just mentioned. In particular, I show why the conceivability of life-prolonging killings renders Frances M. Kamm's attempt to provide an answer to the second question problematic.
ACCESSION #
16243948

 

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