Old Objections and New Directions: Capacities and Moral Status at the Very Borders of Human Life

Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 108)


In this final chapter, I would like to consider several possible objections to the view defended in the previous pages. Some of these objections will look somewhat familiar: in a sense, they are old objections, or at least new versions of old objections. Some of these objections are somewhat new, and require extending or applying previous claims and arguments to different situations. Some objections relate to my methodology. Some objections relate to my treatment of specific cases. Some objections relate to both. My treatment here will attempt to begin with a methodological objection, and will progress into specific cases to emerge as illustrations of the methodology.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyCalifornia State University, SacramentoSacramentoUSA

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