We are human beings

McGee, Andrew (2016) We are human beings. The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, 41(2), pp. 148-171.

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In this paper, I examine Jeff McMahan’s arguments for his claim that we are not human organisms, and the arguments of Derek Parfit to the same effect in a recent paper. McMahan uses these arguments to derive conclusions concerning the moral status of embryos and permanent vegetative state (PVS) patients. My claim will be that neither thinker has successfully shown that we are not human beings, and therefore these arguments do not establish the ethical conclusions that McMahan has sought to draw from the arguments in respect of the moral status of embryos and PVS patients.

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ID Code: 95639
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: brain, death, dicephalus, embryo, embryonic stem cell research, human being, McMahan, organ donation, Parfit, permanent vegetative state, person, personal identity, PVS
DOI: 10.1093/jmp/jhv064
ISSN: 0360-5310
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Health Law Research
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 The Author
Deposited On: 18 May 2016 23:35
Last Modified: 23 May 2016 00:24

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