An Essay in the Philosophy of Moral Psychology
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This book presents a theory of personhood and moral personhood using results from recent work on intentionality in the philosophy of mind. An account of intentional kinds, causation, and explanation is provided to resolve some current issues in moral and legal theory, and to examine questions raised in law and medicine where it is necessary to deal with human individuals at the boundaries of their lives. Topics discussed include abortion, death, euthanasia, personal identity, rights — including the right to privacy and the right to die — servility, and suicide.
G. E. Scott is Professor of Philosophy at Warren Wilson College.
"The book is a clear and forceful integration of current thought in philosophy of mind and value theory and it develops the implications of this dominant way of thought in these areas for moral personhood. Furthermore, it develops the implications of this view of personhood for important moral questions before the society. It is beautifully written, richly documented, and cogently argued. " — E. M. Adams, Kenan Professor of Philosophy, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill