© 1988

What Is a Person?

  • Michael F. Goodman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Michael F. Goodman
    Pages 1-27
  3. Daniel Callahan
    Pages 29-55
  4. Lawrence C. Becker
    Pages 57-81
  5. Michael Tooley
    Pages 83-114
  6. Roslyn Weissz
    Pages 115-126
  7. Harry G. Frankfurt
    Pages 127-144
  8. Daniel Dennett
    Pages 145-167
  9. H. Tristram Engelhardt Jr.
    Pages 169-184
  10. W. R. Carter
    Pages 185-197
  11. Robert E. Joyce
    Pages 199-211
  12. Sissela Bok
    Pages 213-228
  13. Baruch Brody
    Pages 229-250
  14. Edward A. Langerak
    Pages 251-263
  15. Roland Puccetti
    Pages 265-280
  16. Robert Brungs
    Pages 281-291
  17. Peter A. French
    Pages 293-307
  18. Back Matter
    Pages 309-325

About this book


The idea for an anthology on personhood grew out of two things, viz. , the work I did with Martin Benjamin during the Summer of 1982 at Michigan State University on the question, What is a person?, and the amount of time, effort, and expense required for serious research on the topic itself. The former experience taught me the importance of, among other things, attempting to get clear about what we are to mean by 'person,' while the latter experience suggested a possible course of action whereby getting clear might be made more manage­ able simply by having relatively convenient access to some of the most insightful and stimulating writings on the topic. The problems of personhood addressed in this book are central to issues in ethics ranging from the treatment or termination of infants with birth defects to the question whether there can be rational suicide. But before questions on such issues as the morality of abortion, genetic engineering, infanticide, and so on, can be settled, the prob­ lems of personhood must be clarified and analyzed. Hence What Is a Person? has as its primary theme the examination of various proposed conditions of personhood.


birth ethics fetus medicine morality research suicide treatment

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael F. Goodman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyHumboldt State UniversityArcataUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title What Is a Person?
  • Authors Michael F. Goodman
  • Series Title Contemporary Issues in Biomedicine, Ethics, and Society
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Humana Press 1988
  • Publisher Name Humana Press
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-89603-117-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4612-8412-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4612-3950-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 325
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Theory of Medicine/Bioethics
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