- Chapter 4 is in many ways the most important chapter, for one of the things that emerges in the course of chapter 3 ("Corcoran (Kevin) - The Constitution View") causes many people (unnecessarily, I will argue) grave misgivings with respect to the Constitution View2.
- It turns out, according to the Constitution View3, that no early term human fetus4 constitutes a person. It also turns out that any entity once possessing but having lost all capacity for the relevant kinds of psychological states also fails to constitute a person. Therefore, some human organisms in so-called persistent vegetative states5 (PVS) no longer constitute persons.
- One important objection to the Constitution View6, therefore, is that it has horrific ethical consequences, particularly at life's margins.
- And in this chapter I show why this objection is unfounded and how appropriation of key theological doctrines (such as the doctrines of creation, incarnation, and resurrection) offer the resources for mounting a strong case in favor of life.
Footnote 1: Taken from "Corcoran (Kevin) - Rethinking Human Nature: Introduction - What Kind of Things Are We?".
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