The Wrongness of Killing and the Badness of Death

Matthew Hanser

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Death

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780195388923
Published online December 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 The Wrongness of Killing and the Badness of Death

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This chapter examines the wrongness of killing and the badness of death in the context of Jeff McMahan's so-called Equal Wrongness (of Killing) Thesis, explaining that McMahan's formulation of the thesis contains an open-ended list of factors said to be irrelevant to the strength of the pro tanto objection to killing. The analysis reveals that The Equal Wrongness of Killing Thesis is meant to hold only for those cases where the respect-based pro tanto objection arises.

Keywords: wrongness of killing; badness of death; Jeff McMahan; Equal Wrongness Thesis; pro tanto objection

Article.  9760 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Metaphysics ; Moral Philosophy

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