Utilitas 7 (1):1-29 (1995)

Authors
Jeff McMahan
Oxford University
Abstract
Although the belief that killing is normally wrong is as universal and uncontroversial a moral belief as we are likely to find, no one, to my knowledge, has ever offered an account of why killing is wrong that even begins to do justice to the full range of common sense beliefs about the morality of killing. Yet such an account would be of considerable practical significance, since understanding why some killings are wrong should help us to determine the conditions in which killing is not wrong. For, in those cases in which the reasons why killing is wrong do not apply, killing may be permissible or, if there are positive reasons that favour it, even morally required
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1017/s0953820800001813
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 59,827
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Anarchy, State, and Utopia.Robert Nozick - 1974 - Philosophy 52 (199):102-105.
The Case for Animal Rights.Tom Regan & Mary Midgley - 1986 - The Personalist Forum 2 (1):67-71.
The Realm of Rights.Carl Wellman - 1992 - Journal of Philosophy 89 (6):326-329.
Death and the Value of Life.Jeff McMahan - 1988 - Ethics 99 (1):32-61.

View all 7 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Cognitive Disability, Misfortune, and Justice.Jeff Mcmahan - 1996 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 25 (1):3-35.
Death is a Welfare Issue.James W. Yeates - 2010 - Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 23 (3):229-241.
The Deprivation Argument Against Abortion.Dean Stretton - 2004 - Bioethics 18 (2):144–180.

View all 7 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Killing, Wrongness, and Equality.Carlos Soto - 2013 - Philosophical Studies 164 (2):543-559.
Killing in War and Moral Equality.Stephen R. Shalom - 2011 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 8 (4):495-512.
Public War and the Moral Equality of Combatants.Graham Parsons - 2012 - Journal of Military Ethics 11 (4):2012.
Killing and the Time-Relative Interest Account.Nils Holtug - 2011 - The Journal of Ethics 15 (3):169-189.
The Ethics of Killing: Problems at the Margins of Life.N. Agar - 2003 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 81 (3):445 – 447.
Killing Humans and Killing Animals.Peter Singer - 1979 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 22 (1-4):145 – 156.
Killing and Saving: Abortion, Hunger, and War.Jeff McMahan - 1999 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 59 (2):545-547.
Killing Embryos for Stem Cell Research.Jeff Mcmahan - 2007 - Metaphilosophy 38 (2-3):170–189.
Killing in War, by Jeff McMahan.L. K. McPherson - 2010 - Mind 119 (474):511-515.
Innocence, Self-Defense and Killing in War.Jeff McMahan - 1994 - Journal of Political Philosophy 2 (3):193–221.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2010-08-30

Total views
90 ( #115,033 of 2,432,727 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #464,418 of 2,432,727 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes