Philosophical Studies

, Volume 164, Issue 2, pp 543–559

Killing, wrongness, and equality


DOI: 10.1007/s11098-012-9866-y

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Soto, C. Philos Stud (2013) 164: 543. doi:10.1007/s11098-012-9866-y


This paper examines accounts of the moral wrongness of killing persons in addition to determining what conclusions, if any, can be drawn from the morality of killing persons about the (in)equality of persons, and vice versa. I will argue that a plausible way of thinking about the moral wrongness of killing implies that the permissibility of killing innocent, nonthreatening persons depends on a person’s age. I address objections to this conclusion and discuss some potential implications of the view.



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Harvard UniversityBostonUSA