<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Hershenov (David) - Perdure and Murder (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_21/PaperSummary_21111.htm">Perdure and Murder</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/H/Author_Hershenov (David).htm">Hershenov (David)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Philosophy and Medicine, 2011</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=800><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_21/PaperSummary_21111.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_21/PaperCitings_21111.htm">Books / Papers Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_21/PapersToNotes_21111.htm">Notes Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><u>Author s <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P21111_1">Introduction</A></U><SUB>1</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P21111_1"></A></u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>The rich resources of the Four-Dimensional metaphysics have been brought to bear upon many traditional philosophical problems in recent years. Alas, the implications of Four-Dimensionalism for bioethics have gone largely unexplored. Hud Hudson is the rare exception. </li><li>Relying upon a FourDimensional metaphysics of temporal parts and a belief in unrestricted composition, he argues that there is little reason to identify the perduring human <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_12/Notes_1243.htm">embryonic</A><SUP>2</SUP> animal and the perduring human person. </li><li>He makes the intriguing claim that if abortion is wrong, then it is not because the <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_12/Notes_1265.htm">human animal</A><SUP>3</SUP> within its mother s womb is a person. This he rightly claims  is a very significant result for  an overwhelming amount of the literature on abortion and infanticide (as well as much of the public debate on these topics) seems to turn on the question of whether or not the human <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_71.htm">fetus</A><SUP>4</SUP> is a person. [3, p. 153]. </li><li>However, I am going to argue that one doesn t have to reject unrestricted composition and the FourDimensionalist claim that things perdure to consider mindless <a name="4"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_12/Notes_1243.htm">embryonic</A><SUP>5</SUP> <a name="5"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_12/Notes_1265.htm">human animals</A><SUP>6</SUP> to be persons. Thus if abortion is wrong, it may be due, in part, to the mindless <a name="6"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_12/Notes_1243.htm">embryo</A><SUP>7</SUP> being identical to a later thinking person. </li></ol></FONT><hr><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>Comment: </B><BR><BR>See <a name="W2660W"></a><A HREF = "http://www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~dh25/articles/PerdureAndMurder.pdf" TARGET = "_top">Link</A>.<BR><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P21111_1"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P21111_1"><B>Footnote 1</B></A></U>: There s an end-note to the effect that  an earlier and longer version of this paper which will appear as <a name="7"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_21/Abstract_21109.htm">Hershenov (David) - Embryos, Four-Dimensionalism and Moral Status</A>". <BR><BR><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="2018-08-02T09:32" pubdate>02/08/2018 09:32:10</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>