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Author Kleinig, John, 1942- author

Title Valuing Life / John Kleinig
Edition Course book
Published Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [1991]
©1991
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Description 1 online resource (310 pages) : illustrations
Series Princeton Legacy Library
Princeton legacy library.
Contents Frontmatter -- CONTENTS -- ACKNOWLEDGMENTS -- INTRODUCTION -- ONE. VALUING LIFE -- Two. VALUING LIFE -- THREE. ORGANISMIC LIFE -- FOUR. PLANT LIFE -- FIVE. ANIMAL LIFE -- SIX. HUMAN LIFE -- SEVEN. TOWARDS A MORALITY OF LIFE -- EIGHT. SOME APPLICATIONS -- Notes -- BIBLIOGRAPHY -- INDEX OF NAMES -- INDEX OF SUBJECfS
Summary Abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, war, genetic engineering and fetal experimentation, environmental and animal rights--these topics inspire some of today's most heated public controversies. And it is fashionable to pursue these debates in terms of the negative query "Under what conditions may life be disregarded or terminated?" John Kleinig asks a different, more positive question: What may be said in behalf of life? Looking at the full range of appeals to life's value, he considers a variety of issues. Is livingness as such to be affirmed and respected? Is there an ascending order of plant, animal, and human life? Does human life possess a distinctive claim, or must we discriminate between humans that do and humans that do not have claims on us? Kleinig shows that assertions about valuing life camouflage a complex normative vocabulary about worth, reverence, sanctity, dignity, respect, and rights. And "life," too, is subject to an assortment of understandings. Sensitive to the frameworks informing diverse appeals to life's value, this comprehensive work will interest readers concerned with the environment, animal rights, or bioethics. Originally published in 1991. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905
Notes In English
Online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed October 27 2015)
Subject Life (Biology)
Life.
Philosophy -- Ethics and amp -- Moral Philosophy
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1400862280
9781400862283