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Killing and disabling: a comment on Sinnott-Armstrong and Miller
  1. Jeff McMahan
  1. Correspondence to Professor Jeff McMahan, Rutgers, Philosophy, 1 Seminary Place, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901, USA; jmcmahan{at}


This paper criticizes the view, advanced by Walter Sinnott-Armstrong and Franklin Miller, that the wrongness of killing is fully explicable in terms of the wrongness of disabling. I argue that this view has unacceptably inegalitarian implications.

  • Abortion
  • definition/determination of death
  • embryos and fetuses
  • enhancement
  • stem cell research

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