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Killing and Letting Die: Methodology of Comparable Cases and Conceptions of Moral Equivalence

F. M. Kamm

in Morality, Mortality Volume II: Rights, Duties, and Status

Published in print January 2001 | ISBN: 9780195144024
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199870998 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195144023.003.0002

Series: Oxford Ethics Series

 Killing and Letting Die: Methodology of Comparable Cases and Conceptions of Moral Equivalence

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Begins by considering the methodology of comparable cases used to test for the Thesis of the Moral Equivalence of Killing and Letting Die (Thesis E). Consideration is given to how to create cases that are properly equalized for all factors besides killing and letting die, analysing how this is done standardly, and also how it might be suggested that it should be done non‐standardly by equalizing cases cross‐definitionally as well as contextually. Arguments are presented against using non‐standardly equalized kill and let‐die cases as test cases for Thesis E, and distinctions are made between a strong and a weak version of that thesis. In addition, consideration is given to whether terminating aid is killing or letting die, and an examination made of Joel Feinberg's views on the right to be aided.

Keywords: case equalization; equalizing cases contextually; equalizing cases cross‐definitionally; equalizing cases non‐standardly; equalizing cases standardly; Joel Feinberg; kill and let‐die cases; killing and letting die; methodology of comparable cases; Moral Equivalence; terminating aid; Thesis E

Chapter.  14388 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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