Human Nature and Moral Status in Bioethics

Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 43 (2):115-131 (2018)
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The articles in this issue cover a wide range of topics, including the moral status of human embryos and human-animal chimeras and hybrids, the determination of death, theories of human cognition, and policies on the identity of mitochondrial donors. Despite this variety, there are two underlying questions that tie the articles together: what is a human being? And, what is the basis of moral status? First, I discuss these two questions and why they are important for bioethics. Then I provide summaries of the six articles in this issue and explain how each of them is connected to the questions of human nature and moral status.



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