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Thou Shalt Not Kill$
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Adriana Cavarero and Angelo Scola

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823267347

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823267347.001.0001

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A Weak Commandment

A Weak Commandment

Chapter:
(p.78) A Weak Commandment
Source:
Thou Shalt Not Kill
Author(s):

Adriana Cavarero

Angelo Scola

, Margaret Adams Groesbeck, Adam Sitze
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823267347.003.0011

The force of the sixth commandment is undermined by its own historical contradictions and exceptions. In contemporary life, absolute commitment to the sanctity of life may lead to the merciless prolongation of life—or at least the indefinite deferral of death. It foregrounds the question of what it means to be human.

Keywords:   sanctity of life, sixth commandment

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