The over-Extended Principle of Totality and Some Underlying Issues

Journal of Religious Ethics 4 (2):259 - 267 (1976)
Abstract
A growing number of Roman Catholic ethicians employ an extended interpretation of the principle of totality to justify the self-mutilation involved in donating organs for transplantation. Ramsey (1970) has opposed this position as discordant with the demands of Christian agapism. McCormick (1975) has accused Ramsey of inconsistency in this connection. This article argues that, in a significantly typical way, McCormick seems unwittingly to beg certain essential questions both in his criticism of Ramsey and in his advocacy of the extended principle of totality.
Keywords Humans   Love   Morals   Christianity   Catholicism   Tissue Donors   Tissue and Organ Procurement  info:mesh/Catholicism  info:mesh/Humans  info:mesh/Tissue Donors  info:mesh/Christianity  info:mesh/Tissue and Organ Procurement  info:mesh/Morals  info:mesh/Love
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