Personal Identity and Ethics: A Brief Introduction / Edition 1

Personal Identity and Ethics: A Brief Introduction / Edition 1

by David Shoemaker
     
 

ISBN-10: 1551118823

ISBN-13: 9781551118826

Pub. Date: 10/07/2008

Publisher: Broadview Press

The relationship between personal identity and ethics remains on of the most intriguing yet vexing issues in philosophy. It is commonplace to hold that moral responsibility for past actions requires that the responsible agent is in some respect identical to the agent who performed the action. Is this true? On the other hand, can ethics constrain our

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Overview

The relationship between personal identity and ethics remains on of the most intriguing yet vexing issues in philosophy. It is commonplace to hold that moral responsibility for past actions requires that the responsible agent is in some respect identical to the agent who performed the action. Is this true? On the other hand, can ethics constrain our account of personal identity? Do the practical requirements of moral theory commit us to the view that persons do remain identical over time? For example, does the moral status of abortion or stem cell research depend on whether personal identity is based on psychological or biological properties? Or is it the case that personal identity is not, in fact, relevant to ethics?

Personal Identity and Ethics provides the first comprehensive examination of these issues. Topics include personal identity and prudential rationality; personal identity’s significance for moral responsibility and ethical theory; and the practical consequences of accounts of personal identity for issues such as abortion, stem cell research, cloning, advance directives, population ethics, multiple personality disorder, and the definition of death.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551118826
Publisher:
Broadview Press
Publication date:
10/07/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
978,236
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Part A: Personal Identity and Self-Regarding Ethics

Chapter One: Personal Identity and Immortality
Chapter Two: Personal Identity, Rational Anticipation, and Self-Concern
Chapter Three: Alternative Approaches

Part B: Personal Identity and Other-Regarding Ethics

Chapter Four: Moral Issues at the Beginning of Life, Part I: Killing
Chapter Five: Moral Issues at the Beginning of Life, Part II: Creation
Chapter Six: Moral Issues at the End of Life
Chapter Seven: Personal Identity and Moral Responsibility
Chapter Eight: Personal Identity and Ethical Theory

Conclusion: Notes on Method

Index

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