- This pseudo-Paper is intended as the mechanism to record time spent on the Note 'Pregnancy1' during my Thesis research, as from 2017.
- For the actual time recorded, click on "Paper Statistics" above.
Write-up2 (as at 10/10/2018 16:43:41): Pregnancy
- This topic sounds utterly tangential to my research interests, but I’ve included it because Elselijn Kingma complained – in "Kingma (Elselijn) - BUMP: Better Understanding the Metaphysics of Pregnancy (B1)" – that "Olson (Eric) - The Human Animal - Personal Identity Without Psychology" contained not even a footnote on the topic of pregnancy and the metaphysical issues it raises, in particular for animalism4.
- This topic will overlap with that on the status of Fetuses5, as well as with the Notes on Zygotes6 and Embryos7.
- However, following Kingma, it will focus on the relationship throughout pregnancy between the mother and the fetus. The key question is whether the fetus is a part of the mother or is a separate individual inside her. Additionally, we need to consider whether this status changes during pregnancy.
- I have to admit immediately that (contra Kingma) – my initial view is that the relationship is more “bun” (the “container model”) than “bump” (the “part model”), though this separation seems clearer as pregnancy progresses, following the implantation of the Zygote (prior to which there is clear separation).
- It looks like Kingma’s view is of pregnancy as a case of fusion8 followed by fission9.
- After careful consideration, I’ve decided I need a Note to discuss Abortion10, in so far as I need to consider its relevance to the topic of Personal Identity.
- For a page of Links11 to this Note, Click here. There are lots of random references that I’ve ignored, particularly those that focus exclusively on the morality of abortion. However, I’ve tended to include the work if I’ve read it.
- Works on this topic that I’ve actually read12, include13 the following:-
- "Brody (Baruch) - Abortion and the Sanctity of Human Life: Introduction", Brody
- "Kazez (Jean) - The Philosophical Parent: Asking the Hard Questions About Having and Raising Children", Kazez
- "Ludwig (Arnold) - How do we Know who we are? Prologue", Ludwig
- A reading list on this topic probably ought to include a textbook on the medical details of pregnancy, particularly from the mother’s perspective, though I don’t seem to have anything other than the works cited:-
- "Davis (Michael) - Fetuses, Famous Violinists, and the Right to Continued Aid", Davis
- "English (Jane) - Abortion and the Concept of a Person", English
- "Finn (Suki) - Bun or bump?", Finn
- "Forrester (Mary) - Problems and Persons: Introduction", Forrester
- "Kingma (Elselijn) - BUMP: Better Understanding the Metaphysics of Pregnancy (B1)", Kingma
- "Kingma (Elselijn) - Were You Part of Your Mother?", Kingma
- "Lizza (John) - Persons, Humanity, & the Definition of Death", Lizza14
- "Profet (Margie) - Pregnancy sickness as adaptation: A deterrent to maternal ingestion of teratogens", Profet15
- "Scott (Rosamund) - The Pregnant Woman and the Good Samaritan: Can a Woman have a Duty to Undergo a Caesarean Section?", Scott
- This is mostly a place-holder16.
- This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (10/10/2018 16:43:41).
- Link to Latest Write-Up Note.
- A number of my philosophical Notes are “promissory notes” currently only listing the books and papers (if any) I possess on the topic concerned.
- I’ve decided to add some text – whether by way of motivation, or something more substantive – for all these identified topics related to my Thesis.
- As I want to do this fairly quickly, the text may be confused or show surprising ignorance.
- The reader (if such exists) will have to bear with me, and display the principle of charity while this footnote exists.
- If only a “non-updating” run has been made, the links are only one-way – ie. from the page of links to the objects that reference this Note by mentioning the appropriate key-word(s). The links are also only indicative, as they haven’t yet been confirmed as relevant.
- Once an updating run has been made, links are both ways, and links from this Notes page (from the “Authors, Books & Papers Citing this Note” and “Summary of Note Links to this Page” sections) are to the “point of link” within the page rather than to the page generically. Links from the “links page” remain generic.
- There are two sorts of updating runs – for Notes and other Objects. The reason for this is that Notes are archived, and too many archived versions would be created if this process were repeatedly run.
- Frequently I’ll have made copious marginal annotations, and sometimes have written up a review-note.
- In the former case, I intend to transfer the annotations into electronic form as soon as I can find the time.
- In the latter case, I will have remarked on the fact against the citation, and will integrate the comments into this Note in due course.
- My intention is to incorporate into these Notes comments on material I’ve already read rather than engage with unread material at this stage.
- I may have read others in between updates of this Note – in which case they will be marked as such in the “References and Reading List” below.
- Papers or Books partially read have a rough %age based on the time spent versus the time expected.
- The item that my algorithms drew my attention to is the possibility of “post-mortem pregnancy”.
- This anomalous notion is motivated by the adoption of “brain death” as the legal or clinical definition of death, where the mother is deemed dead but is evidently sufficiently biologically alive to carry the fetus as far as viability.
- Doubtless of very dubious relevance, but you never know.
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