Personhood in the bioethics literature.

R. Macklin

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Althought the literature--medical, philosophical, religious, and legal-- on personhood is vast, there is little evidence that writers on this topic are approaching a consensus on the meaning of the concept or on criteria for its application. Some writers set low, or minimal, standards for personhood - others posit higher, more normative standards. But throughout, the moral values writers antecedently embrace determine the definition they arrive at by way of conclusion. Personhood has not been a useful concept for resolving dilemmas in bioethics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-57
Number of pages23
JournalMilbank Memorial Fund Quarterly, Health and Society
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 1983


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  • Health Policy

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