Gilbert Meilaender and the Tragedy of Biological Individualism

Studies in Christian Ethics 30 (2):144-147 (2017)

Abstract

This article provides a friendly criticism of Meilaender’s positions on the beginning of life and decision making at the end of life. It is argued that his version of the self is narrowly physicalist and individualist with no room for the essentially social and psychological parts of identity or selfhood. That in turn leads to his rigoristic or tutioristic judgments on end of life care.

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