- 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 23/12/2019 10:33:36): 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 include the following:-
- "Brody (Baruch) - Abortion and the Sanctity of Human Life: Introduction", Brody
- "Finn (Suki) - Bun or bump?", Finn
- "Isaac (Sasha) - Is artificial-womb technology a tool for women’s liberation?", Isaac
- "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
- "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", Lizza13
- "Profet (Margie) - Pregnancy sickness as adaptation: A deterrent to maternal ingestion of teratogens", Profet14
- "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-holder15.
- This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (23/12/2019 10:33:36).
- Link to Latest Write-Up Note.
- 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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