Moral Status and the Architects of Principlism
Journal of Medicine and Philosophy Volume 45, Issue 4-5, August 2020, Pages 504–520, available at https://doi.org/10.1093/jmp/jhaa019
Posted: 23 Jun 2021
Date Written: August 31, 2020
In this article, we discuss Beauchamp and Childress’s treatment of the issue of moral status. In particular, we (1) introduce the five different perspectives on moral status that Beauchamp and Childress consider in Principles of Biomedical Ethics and explain their alternative to those perspectives, (2) raise some critical questions about their approach, and (3) offer a different way to think about one of the five theories of moral status (the theory based on human properties) that is more in line with what we believe some of its leading advocates affirm.
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Keywords: Biomedical ethics, prenatal life, abortion, moral status, Tom Beauchamp, James Childress
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