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Single Idea 20282

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / A. Value / 2. Values / a. Valuing life]

Full Idea

The doctrine of the sanctity of human life has two separate claims, one that there is a special value in the life of a member of our species, and the other that there is a special value in the life of a person.

Gist of Idea

The sanctity of a human life depends either on being of our species, or on being a person

Source

Peter Singer (Practical Ethics [1979], 04)

Book Reference

Singer,Peter: 'Practical Ethics' [CUP 1989], p.78