Chapter

Embryos, Persons, and Other Human Beings

R. S. Downie and K. C. Calman

in Healthy Respect

Second edition

Published in print May 1994 | ISBN: 9780192624086
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723728 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192624086.003.0006
Embryos, Persons, and Other Human Beings

Show Summary Details

Preview

The question: ‘When does life begin?’ can be understood in a biological sense, but the important question is ‘When does life begin to matter morally?’ This question easily takes us to decisions about resuscitation, and human beings who are severely brain-damaged or mentally handicapped. The appropriate decision making in these difficult situations is discussed.

Keywords: biological life; moral significance; resuscitation; mental handicap

Chapter.  5453 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.