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Title: The irreducibility of the personal perspective in ethics. A reply to Baccarini
Authors: Cowley, Christopher
Keywords: Baccariniabortionposthumous harm
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Christopher Cowley, "The irreducibility of the personal perspective in ethics. A reply to Baccarini", in: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics, XII (2010) 1, pp. 377−385.
Series/Report no.: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics
XII (2010) 1
Elvio Baccarini has responded generously to my book Medical Ethics: Ordinary Concepts,
Ordinary Lives (2008), but I would like to respond to three of his criticisms: first, about the
role that theory ought to play in, and in relation to, moral experience; second, about my
defence of a doctor’s right to conscientiously object to performing legal abortions; and
third, to the reality of posthumous harm. Baccarini claims that I have overstated my
claims, and drawn illegitimate metaphysical conclusions from people’s ordinary language.
However, I argue that moral language is special precisely because of the way it expresses an
irreducible personal perspective.
Type: Article
ISSN: 1825-5167
Appears in Collections:Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics (2010) XII/1

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