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A comprehensive study of the ethics of killing in cases in which the metaphysical or moral status of the individual killed is uncertain or controversial among those beings whose status is questionable or marginal in this way are human embryos and fetuses newborn infants animals anencephalic infants human beings with severe congenital and cognitive impairments and human beings who have . The books subtitle problems at the margins of life hints that the book covers the ethical issues of these kinds of killing abortion of animals and euthanasia the book is meant to be the first of a series on killing later books will cover the ethics of killing in war and in self defense. Buy the ethics of killing problems at the margins of life oxford ethics series by mcmahan jeff isbn 9780195169829 from amazons book store everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Jeff mcmahan the ethics of killing problems at the margins of life new york oxford university press 2002 pp vii 540 volume 17 issue 1 n athanassoulis discover the worlds research 17 . This magisterial work is the first comprehensive study of the ethics of killing where the moral status of the individual killed is uncertain drawing on philosophical notions of personal identity and the immorality of killing mcmahan looks carefully at a host of practical issues including abortion infanticide the killing of animals assisted suicide and euthanasia