<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Oderberg (David) - The Metaphysical Status of the Embryo: Some Arguments Revisited (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_21130.htm">The Metaphysical Status of the Embryo: Some Arguments Revisited</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/O/Author_Oderberg (David).htm">Oderberg (David)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Journal of Applied Philosophy 25 (2008): 263-76</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=600><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_21/PaperSummary_21130.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_21/PaperCitings_21130.htm">Books / Papers Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_21/PapersToNotes_21130.htm">Notes Citing this Paper</A></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><u>Author s Introduction</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>This paper re-examines some well-known and commonly accepted arguments for the non-individuality of the <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_12/Notes_1243.htm">embryo</A><SUP>1</SUP>, due mainly to the work of John Harris. <ol type="i"><li>The first concerns the alleged non-differentiation of the <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_12/Notes_1243.htm">embryoblast</A><SUP>2</SUP> from the trophoblast. </li><li>The second concerns monozygotic <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1173.htm">twinning</A><SUP>3</SUP> and the relevance of the primitive streak. </li><li>The third concerns the totipotency of the cells of the early <a name="4"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_12/Notes_1243.htm">embryo</A><SUP>4</SUP>. </ol></li><li>I argue that on a proper analysis of both the empirical facts of <a name="5"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_12/Notes_1243.htm">embryological</A><SUP>5</SUP> development, and the metaphysical importance or otherwise of those facts, all three arguments are found wanting. None of them establishes that the <a name="6"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_12/Notes_1243.htm">embryo</A><SUP>6</SUP> is not an individual human being from the moment of conception.</li></ol></FONT><hr><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>Comment: </B><BR><BR>See <a name="7"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_21/Abstract_21131.htm">Oderberg (David) - The Origination of a Human Being - Rejoinder to Persson</A>" for further discussion.<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 09:32:33</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>