moral status

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A concept featuring in discussion of animal welfare and animal rights, also in debates about abortion and euthanasia, as well as in feminist ethics. In the former debates, the issue will be whether animals or foetuses or terminally ill or comatose patients have the same standing as persons in general. In the feminist debate, the issue is whether insidious social pressures and norms deny women a voice or a full membership of the moral community.

Subjects: Philosophy.

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