The Stem Cell Challenge
Corcoran (Kevin)
Source: Corcoran (Kevin) - Rethinking Human Nature, Chapter 4
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Author’s Abstract1

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. One important objection to the Constitution View6, therefore, is that it has horrific ethical consequences, particularly at life's margins.
  4. 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.



In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 1: Taken from "Corcoran (Kevin) - Rethinking Human Nature: Introduction - What Kind of Things Are We?".


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