A biocentric approach to issues of life and death
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A living being is best thought of not as a thing but as a living system, an ongoing life-process of a particular sort.
Our interests as living beings spring from our particular character and lie in whatever contributes to our coherent effective functioning as ongoing life processes of that character.
Our interests encompass our whole being, and not just our character as sentient, conscious, rational, decision-making beings.
I argue that such conceptions can help us deal with matters of bioethical concern, including issues of euthanasia, abortion, autonomy, and perhaps genetic engineering.
KeywordsGood Interest Moral Issue Environmental Ethic Moral Significance Monash Bioethic Review
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