The Status of Moral Status

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

18 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

This paper investigates whether moral status talk gets us anywhere in our search for answers to questions in the ethics of marginal cases. I consider the usefulness of moral status talk first on the assumption that an individual's possession of moral status is not a further fact about that individual, and then on the assumption that it is. Finally, I offer an expressivistic interpretation of moral status talk. In each case, I argue that such talk conveys nothing that cannot be conveyed more clearly in other words. My conclusion is that we should stop using moral status and its cognates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-104
Number of pages18
JournalPacific Philosophical Quarterly
Volume92
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'The Status of Moral Status'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this