Catholic Studies in Bioethics

Persons, Moral Worth, and Embryos

A Critical Analysis of Pro-Choice Arguments

Editors: Napier, Stephen (Ed.)

  • The book offers novel arguments and explores new territory on the abortion issue.
  • The book brings together a host of primarily analytical philosophers, public policy persons, and scientists to provide a comprehensive analysis of the abortion issue.
  • The book aims to tether its analyses to specific claims, thereby entering into a dialogue with abortion-rights advocates.
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“Bioethicists have achieved consensus on two ideas pertaining to beginning of life issues: (1) persons are those beings capable of higher-order cognition, or self-consciousness, and (2) it is impermissible to kill only persons. As a consequence, a consensus is reached regarding the permissibility of both destroying human embryos for research purposes and abortion. The present collection aims to interact critically with this consensus. Authors address various aspects of this ‘orthodoxy’. Issues discussed include: theories of personhood and in particular the role of thought experiments used in support of such theories; the notion of an intrinsic potential and the moral relevance of having one; new formulations of the virtue argument against abortion rights; four-dimensionalism and abortion; the notion of moral status and who (or what) has it; scientific accounts of what a human being is, as well as addressing empirical evidence of fetal consciousness; and analysis of the public policy implications given the epistemic status of pro-choice arguments. Given the issues discussed and that the arguments in critical focus are fairly new, the collection provides a novel, comprehensive, and rigorous analysis of contemporary pro-choice arguments.”

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Introduction: What Are Persons? What Is Valuable?

    Napier, Stephen

    Pages 1-16

  • I Was Once a Fetus: That Is Why Abortion Is Wrong

    Pruss, Alexander R.

    Pages 19-42

  • Brain Life and the Argument from Potential: Affirming the Ontological Status of Human Embryos and Fetuses

    Eberl, Jason T. (et al.)

    Pages 43-65

  • The Human Being, a Person of Substance: A Response to Dean Stretton

    Beckwith, Francis J.

    Pages 67-83

  • The Concept of Person in Bioethics

    Müller, Anselm Winfried

    Pages 85-100

Buy this book

eBook $159.00
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-3659-7
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Persons, Moral Worth, and Embryos
Book Subtitle
A Critical Analysis of Pro-Choice Arguments
Editors
  • Stephen Napier
Series Title
Catholic Studies in Bioethics
Series Volume
111
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-1602-5
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-1602-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-1601-8
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3659-7
Series ISSN
0928-2661
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 286
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