Why is Killing Morally Wrong?
King's Law Journal
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For most people it is obvious that killing is wrong. It is harder to explain why killing is wrong. The purpose of this article is to present a Buddhist answer. Killing is wrong because of the harm it causes to the killer. As the explanation unfolds, we shall also consider other views for why killing is wrong, to show how a Buddhist approach interacts with them. In particular, we shall consider the claims that death is an intrinsic evil, and that killing harms the victim.
This is the author's final version of an articles submitted to Hart. The definitive version was published in King's Law Journal, Volume 25, Number 3, December 2014, pp. 426-439(14) http://dx.doi.org/10.5235/096157188.8.131.526
25, Number 3, December 2014, pp. 426-439(14)