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Analyse & Kritik

Journal of Philosophy and Social Theory

Ed. by Baurmann, Michael / Leist, Anton / Tranow, Ulf

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Volume 12, Issue 2


Zwischen Leben entscheiden: Eine Verteidigung

Peter Singer / Helga Kuhse
Published Online: 2016-05-12 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/auk-1990-0201


We examine the view that all human life is of equal worth or sanctity. We find that this view is a legacy of the Judeo- Christian tradition, and cannot be justified in non - religious terms. We therefore argue that it should be rejected, and that we should openly acknowledge that some Jives are of less worth than others. We then consider a common objection: that this will lead us down a slippery slope to Nazi- style atrocities. We give our reasons for finding this objection unpersuasive. We explain why no-one has any grounds for feeling threatened by our proposal. Finally we discuss who should make the decision involved in selecting whether a person should come into existence, and how that decision should be carried out.

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Published Online: 2016-05-12

Published in Print: 1990-11-01

Citation Information: Analyse & Kritik, Volume 12, Issue 2, Pages 119–130, ISSN (Online) 2365-9858, ISSN (Print) 0171-5860, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/auk-1990-0201.

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