<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Engelhardt (H. Tristram) - The Ontology of Abortion (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_07/PaperSummary_7320.htm">The Ontology of Abortion</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/E/Author_Engelhardt (H. Tristram).htm">Engelhardt (H. Tristram)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Ethics, 84, No. 3, Apr., 1974, pp. 217-234</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=600><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_07/PaperSummary_7320.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_07/PaperCitings_7320.htm">Books / Papers Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_07/PapersToNotes_7320.htm">Notes Citing this Paper</A></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><U>Philosophers Index Abstract</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1">The question of abortion turns primarily upon the status of the <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_71.htm">fetus</A><SUP>1</SUP>. I argue that in considering human life one must distinguish between human biological life and human personal life. Moreover, there are, so I contend, two senses of persons. The first denotes self-conscious, moral agents. The second denotes instances of human life which can and must play active, social roles. Neither of these characterizations can be made to apply to <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_71.htm">fetuses</A><SUP>2</SUP>, in particular non-viable <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_71.htm">fetuses</A><SUP>3</SUP>. Since our obligations are solely to persons, there is, therefore, no one wronged in abortion, in particular the abortion of non-viable <a name="4"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_71.htm">fetuses</A><SUP>4</SUP>.</ol></FONT><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-02T06:57" pubdate>02/08/2018 06:57:30</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>