Is it possible to value one person's life over another's?

Philosopher's reply

Dear Adam,

Persons are individuals and relate to one another in particular ways. It is possible to value the life of the beloved over the life of another, but it is not right.

Yet, there are different ways of valuing and loving others, which cannot be graded and measured in terms of how their life matters comparatively.


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Carla Bagnoli

University of Modena & Reggio Emilia, Italy

Iris Murdoch taught me to be wary of reductionist analyses in philosophy, and to look at complex dynamic patterns rather than relying on schematic and dichotomic explanations. Her critique of Kantian ethics spurred me to reconsider the relation between reason and the emotions, and search for novel ways to understand the challenges and opportunities of contingency and mutual vulnerability.

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