What makes killing wrong?

Published

Journal Article

What makes an act of killing morally wrong is not that the act causes loss of life or consciousness but rather that the act causes loss of all remaining abilities. This account implies that it is not even pro tanto morally wrong to kill patients who are universally and irreversibly disabled, because they have no abilities to lose. Applied to vital organ transplantation, this account undermines the dead donor rule and shows how current practices are compatible with morality.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sinnott-Armstrong, W; Miller, FG

Published Date

  • January 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 39 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 3 - 7

PubMed ID

  • 22267342

Pubmed Central ID

  • 22267342

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1473-4257

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0306-6800

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1136/medethics-2011-100351

Language

  • eng