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Author Dwyer, James G., 1961-

Title Moral status and human life : the case for children's superiority / James G. Dwyer.

Imprint Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.

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Description 1 online resource (viii, 212 pages)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-208) and index.
Summary "Are children of equal, lesser, or perhaps even greater moral importance than adults? This work of applied moral philosophy develops a comprehensive account of how adults as moral agents ascribe moral status to beings - ourselves and others - and on the basis of that account identifies multiple criteria for having moral status. It argues that proper application of those criteria should lead us to treat children as of greater moral importance than adults. This conclusion presents a basis for critiquing existing social practices, many of which implicitly presuppose that children occupy an inferior status, and for suggesting how government policy, law, and social life might be different if it reflected an assumption that children are actually of superior status"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents What is moral status and why does it matter? -- How is moral status determined? -- Selecting criteria of moral status -- Problems in applying a multicriterial approach -- Applying a multicriteria moral status test to adults and children -- Legal, policy, and moral implications of children's superiority.
Local Note eBooks on EBSCOhost EBSCO eBook Subscription Academic Collection - North America
Subject Children.
Social status -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Dwyer, James G., 1961- Moral status and human life. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011 9780521766913 (DLC) 2010031691 (OCoLC)644661775
ISBN 9780511932809 (electronic bk.)
0511932804 (electronic bk.)