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Persons, Animals, and Fetuses

An Essay in Practical Ethics

  • Authors
  • Mary¬†Gore¬†Forrester

Part of the Philosophical Studies Series book series (PSSP, volume 66)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Problems and Persons

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Mary Gore Forrester
      Pages 2-8
    3. Mary Gore Forrester
      Pages 9-15
  3. Theory and Justification

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 16-21
    2. Mary Gore Forrester
      Pages 22-35
    3. Mary Gore Forrester
      Pages 36-57
    4. Mary Gore Forrester
      Pages 58-67
    5. Mary Gore Forrester
      Pages 68-76
  4. What Makes an Individual a Person

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-79
    2. Mary Gore Forrester
      Pages 80-94
    3. Mary Gore Forrester
      Pages 95-98
    4. Mary Gore Forrester
      Pages 99-113
  5. Part IV

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 114-114
    2. Mary Gore Forrester
      Pages 115-128
    3. Mary Gore Forrester
      Pages 129-136
    4. Mary Gore Forrester
      Pages 137-146
    5. Mary Gore Forrester
      Pages 147-155
    6. Mary Gore Forrester
      Pages 156-163
    7. Mary Gore Forrester
      Pages 164-187
    8. Mary Gore Forrester
      Pages 188-202
    9. Mary Gore Forrester
      Pages 220-231
    10. Mary Gore Forrester
      Pages 232-236
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 237-301

About this book

Introduction

Forrester discusses animal rights, obligations concerning future generations, abortion, limiting medical treatment, and euthanasia.
Persons are defined as individuals who ought to be treated in accordance with all sound moral principles. The author develops an account of what moral principles are sound, how we can apply them to complex situations, and what makes it reasonable to treat individuals in accordance with particular moral principles. This discussion puts the book's practical conclusions on a sounder basis than much other work on practical ethics. Most such authors state some general principles, but say little about why these principles should be accepted. Moreover, they rarely show how general principles can generate answers to specific dilemmas. Some even maintain that general principles are irrelevant.
Since Forrester is both a nurse practitioner and a philosopher, she has had direct acquaintance with many agonizing situations in medicine.
Summaries of the theoretical conclusions are included to enable nonprofessionals to follow the discussion of practical issues. The book will thus interest not only professional philosophers, but also non-philosophers concerned with problems in medical and environmental ethics, abortion, and animal rights.

Keywords

15th century animals bibliography dance environment ethics future issue knowledge medicine morality nature reason sound will

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-1633-3
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-7230-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-1633-3
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