THE STATUS OF MORAL STATUS
Article first published online: 16 FEB 2011
© 2011 The Author. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly © 2011 University of Southern California and Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Pacific Philosophical Quarterly
Volume 92, Issue 1, pages 87–104, March 2011
How to Cite
SACHS, B. (2011), THE STATUS OF MORAL STATUS. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 92: 87–104. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0114.2010.01387.x
- Issue published online: 16 FEB 2011
- Article first published online: 16 FEB 2011
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.