ISBN-10:
0878408371
ISBN-13:
9780878408375
Pub. Date:
05/23/2001
Publisher:
Georgetown University Press
Who Count As Persons? / Edition 1

Who Count As Persons? / Edition 1

by John F. KavanaughJohn F. Kavanaugh

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Overview

Just what is a human being? Who counts? The answers to these questions are crucial when one is faced with the ethical issue of taking human life. Today in every corner of the world men and women are willing to kill others under the guise of race, class, quality of life, sex, property, nationalism, security or religion. In this affirmation of the intrinsic personal dignity and inviolability of every human individual, Kavanaugh denies that it can ever be moral to intentionally kill another.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780878408375
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication date: 05/23/2001
Series: Moral Traditions and Moral Arguments Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 9.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

John F. Kavanaugh, SJ, a professor of philosophy at Saint Louis University, is author of Following Christ in a Consumer Society and The Word Embodied. He writes the "Ethics Notebook" column for the publication America.

Table of Contents

Preface

1. Introduction

2. Personal Losses Traces of Lost PersonsThe Fear and Call of Personal RealitySocial and Political DepersonalizationImpersonal Theory, De-Personed Philosophythe Texture of Personal Reality and Ethical Experience

3. Personal Bodies On the Matter and Spirit of MapsOn the Matter and Spirit of PersonsPersonal EmbodimentBody as Object, Body as SubjectAmbiguities of EmbodimentThe "My-ness" and "Me-Ness" of a Personal BodyPersonal ConsciousnessPersonalized World

4. Endowments of Embodied Persons Personal FoundationsAwareness of Awaress, Selves, and PersonsThe Endowment of FreedomThe Endowment of Love in Self-Conscious AffirmationEndowed Human PersonPersonal Nature

5. Personal Entries into EthicsInescapable Perspectives of PersonsAchieving the Moral good and Doing the Right ThingKant and the Pull to the InteriorMill and the Pull OutwardThe Personal CenterThe Intrinsic TurnKilling, Autonomy, and Intrinsic Values

6. Before Good and Evil The Field of Moral ExperienceThe Dynamics of Personal Moral JudgmentThe Subjective Internal DimensionContext, Culture, and Personal ChallengeNegation of Truth and the Beginning of EvilFalls and Crimes

7. Killing Persons and Ethics The Logic of TerrorThe Moral Inviolability of PersonsDefending Life by Intending DeathKilling Incomplete PersonsKilling Defective or Dying Persons

8. Reviving Personal Life The Choice of RealitiesThe "Reality" of Consumer CapitalismReviving Personal SolitudeRecovering Personal RelationshipsRevealing Human Vulnerability

Notes

Bibliography

Index

What People are Saying About This

Daniel Callahan

John Kavanaugh has taken on an old and ancient and difficult issue and he brings to it verve, breadth, and an uncommon thoughtfulness. This is a valuable book, one that needs to be read by anyone concerned with the future of ethics.

From the Publisher

"Fr. Kavanaugh remembers what too many philosophers forget -- that philosophy begins with the human person....His book is challenging, moving, and provocative." -- Jean Bethke Elshtain, University of Chicago

"John Kavanaugh has taken on an old and ancient and difficult issue and he brings to it verve, breadth, and an uncommon thoughtfulness. This is a valuable book, one that needs to be read by anyone concerned with the future of ethics." -- Daniel Callahan, The Hastings Center

"A thoughtful, passionate, and contemporary defense of the human person." -- Charles J. Dougherty, Creighton University, Creighton University

Jean Bethke Elshtain

Fr. Kavanaugh remembers what too many philosophers forget—that philosophy begins with the human person. . . . His book is challenging, moving, and provocative.

Charles J. Dougherty

A thoughtful, passionate, and contemporary defense of the human person.

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