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

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Francis Joseph Beckwith

Baylor University - Department of Philosophy; Baylor University - Department of Political Science; Baylor University - Institute for Studies of Religion

Allison Krile Thornton

University of South Alabama

Date Written: August 31, 2020

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Beckwith, Francis and Thornton, Allison Krile, Moral Status and the Architects of Principlism (August 31, 2020). Journal of Medicine and Philosophy Volume 45, Issue 4-5, August 2020, Pages 504–520, available at https://doi.org/10.1093/jmp/jhaa019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3859774

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Baylor University - Department of Political Science

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Allison Krile Thornton

University of South Alabama ( email )

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