- What is the metaphysical relationship between the gestating organism and its embryo/fetus? I compare two views:
- The fetal container model: the fetus is not part of but merely contained within or surrounded by the gestating organism;
- The part-whole model: the fetus is part of its gestator.
- The fetal container model appears to be the received view. It is widely assumed but, I argue, without good argument; this model needs substantial support if it is to be taken seriously.
- The part-whole model is not presently defended, but I argue that it derives considerable support from a range of biological and physiological considerations.
- I conclude that the part-whole model has the upper hand and that, if true, this has important consequences for the metaphysics of persons and organisms and, perhaps, ethics and law.
- This is no doubt an important paper from the perspective of personal identity, and is something I intend to write on extensively once I can get hold of a copy.
- For now, I note that "Finn (Suki) - Bun or bump?" says it is “forthcoming” in Mind, so I won’t see it for years.
- It will, however, be worth viewing the YouTube lecture, however, which presumably covers the same ground. See Web Link
- There’s also a request for funding for a 5-year research project: "Kingma (Elselijn) - Better Understanding the Metaphysics of Pregnancy".
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