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PHLA11H3 Lecture Notes - Cell Culture, Judith Jarvis Thomson, Fetus


Department
Philosophy
Course Code
PHLA11H3
Professor
Kelin Emmett

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Ethics Session 14
Don Marquis and Judith Jarvis Thomson agree
debate does not come down the questions
when is it a person
Marquis conclusion
even if it is not a question
still wrong to kill it
(presumptively, prima facie)
Thomson conclusion
even if it is a person, it is permissible to abort it at a certain point
Marquis
first analyzes the debate’s current situation
concludes that it is a standoff
debate between pro-choicers and anti-abortionists
pro-choicers
the fetus is not a person
it has no personhood
it has no rationality
it has no self-consciousness
anti-abortionists
babies do not have rationality or self-consciousness
biologically, human principle
fetus is biologically human, therefore it has a right to life
pro-choicers
too broad
ex. cell culture
anti-abortionists
meaning, “human beings”
Marquis
poor way to continue the debate
the fetus is human and alive, but it’s unclear if it’s human
good way to being the debate
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