Intuitions and the Value of a Person

Author: Haldane, John

Source: Journal of Applied Philosophy, Volume 14, Number 1, April 1997 , pp. 83-86(4)

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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In contemporary moral theory and normative ethics there is frequent recourse to ‘intuitions’ of value. One current instance of this is the appeal in reproductive and population ethics to the thought that the existence of a human being is not as such good or bad. Here the status and substance of this assumption are challenged. In addition, doubt is cast on the value of appeals to intuition where these are not related to some philosophical account of the grounds of value.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of St. Andrews, Fife KY16 9AL, UK

Publication date: April 1, 1997

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