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moral source motivating me to an ethical stance toward others? In this chapter I will explore what the relation might be between being a person and having a right to life. And I will add that being a person implies having responsibilities. But 1 will not use the terminology typical of the bioethics

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Five LIFE AS A MORAL SOURCE The basic principle of ethics, that principle which is a necessity of thought, which has a definite content, which is engaged in constant living, and practical dispute with reality, is: Devotion to life resulting from reverence for life. Albert Schweitzer1 The

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meaningful and worthwhile lives. Hitler, for example, would have a meaningful and, possibly, subjectively worthwhil e life, but not an objectively worthwhile life. The thresh- old for meaningfulness is set by considering what a life not worth living might be: a life with no or unachievable goals . But

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attitude to life and our sense of the obligations to which it might give rise will be a function of the metaphysical views that we hold about it. The mere fact that there is life on this planet is a ''moral source" for us, in the sense that it can inspire ethical attitudes toward living things. It is