Body-Self Dualism in Contemporary Ethics and Politics (Paperback)
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Short Description for Body-Self Dualism in Contemporary Ethics and Politics Questions what a human person is and the ethical and political controversies of issues such as abortion and hedonism.
- Published: 14 September 2009
- Format: Paperback 232 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780521124195 ISBN 10: 0521124190
- Sales rank: 633,935
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Full description for Body-Self Dualism in Contemporary Ethics and Politics
Profoundly important ethical and political controversies turn on the question of whether biological life is an essential aspect of a human person, or only an extrinsic instrument. Lee and George argue that human beings are physical, animal organisms - albeit essentially rational and free - and examine the implications of this understanding of human beings for some of the most controversial issues in contemporary ethics and politics. The authors argue that human beings are animal organisms and that their personal identity across time consists in the persistence of the animal organisms they are; they also argue that human beings are essentially rational and free and that there is a radical difference between human beings and other animals; criticize hedonism and hedonistic drug-taking; present detailed defenses of the prolife positions on abortion and euthanasia; and defend the traditional moral position on marriage and sexual acts.