- This pseudo-Paper is intended as the mechanism to record time spent on the Note 'Abortion1' during my Thesis research, as from 2018.
- For the actual time recorded, click on "Paper Statistics" above.
Write-up2 (as at 18/09/2018 17:15:22): Abortion
- The morality of abortion is a large and important issue, but is not my major concern except insofar as it impinges on the topic of Personal Identity.
- Our views on Personal Identity will have an impact on our views of the morality of abortion, though not in any straightforward manner.
- More importantly – and regrettably so in my opinion – views on the morality of abortion can have an impact on one’s views of personal identity. This is the wrong way round, and violates the fact/value distinction. While ethical, political or religious views might influence our preference for certain metaphysical views, they should not constrain our actual beliefs, which should be responses to how things are4, and to which our other beliefs should conform, however disappointing that might be.
- I’ll leave further discussion for now. Enough to say that I’ll not intend to wade in too far into this moral morass, though I will need to review the foundational papers on the moral implications of abortion.
- This Note relates to various others in this nexus, on which I have – or will have – more to say:-
- For a page of Links9 to this Note, Click here.
- Works on this topic that I’ve actually read10, include11 the following:-
- "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Embryos and StemCell Research", Baker
- "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - When Do Persons Begin and End?", Baker
- "Brody (Baruch) - Abortion and the Sanctity of Human Life: Introduction", Brody
- "Brody (Baruch) - Abortion and the Sanctity of Human Life: Epilogue", Brody
- "Carter (William) - Do Zygotes Become People?", Carter
- "DeGrazia (David) - Human Identity and Bioethics: Introduction", DeGrazia
- "Feldman (Fred) - Abortion and the Failure to Conceive", Feldman
- "Finn (Suki) - Bun or bump?", Finn
- "Glover (Jonathan) - Causing Death and Saving Lives", Glover12
- "Harman (Elizabeth) - Creation Ethics: The Moral Status of Early Fetuses and the Ethics of Abortion", Harman
- "Kazez (Jean) - The Philosophical Parent: Asking the Hard Questions About Having and Raising Children", Kazez13
- "Lizza (John) - Persons, Humanity, & the Definition of Death: Preface", Lizza
- "Lockwood (Michael) - When Does a Life Begin?", Lockwood
- "Moreland (J.P.) & Rae (Scott) - The Moral & Metaphysical Status of the Unborn: Abortion and Fetal Research", Moreland & Rae
- "Mulgan (Tim) - Critical Notice of Jeff McMahan's The Ethics of Killing: Problems at the Margins of Life", Mulgan
- "Rodger (Daniel), Blackshaw (Bruce P.) & Wilcox (Clinton) - Why arguments against infanticide remain convincing", Rodger, etc
- "Shoemaker (David) - Moral Issues at the Beginning of Life, Part I: Killing", Shoemaker
- "Tollefsen (Christopher) - Abortion and the Human Animal", Tollefsen
- "Velleman (David) - Beyond Price: Essays on Life and Death - Introduction", Velleman
- A further reading list might start with:-
- "Baird (Robert M.) & Rosenbaum (Stuart E.), Eds. - The Ethics of Abortion: Pro-Life Vs. Pro-Choice", Baird & Rosenbaum
- "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - When Does a Person Begin?", Baker
- "Beckwith (Francis J.) - Defending Abortion Philosophically: A Review of David Boonin's A Defense of Abortion", Beckwith
- "Brill (H. Skott) - The Future-Like-Ours Argument, Personal Identity, and the Twinning Dilemma", Brill
- "Brody (Baruch) - Abortion and the Sanctity of Human Life : a Philosophical View", Brody
- "Camosy (Charles) - Concern for our vulnerable prenatal and neonatal children: a brief reply to Giubilini and Minerva", Camosy
- "Chappell (Tim), Chappell (Sophie Grace) - The Relevance of Metaphysics to Bioethics: A Reply to Earl Conee", Chappell
- "Conee (Earl) - Metaphysics and the morality of abortion", Conee
- "DeGrazia (David) - Identity, Killing, and the Boundaries of Our Existence", DeGrazia
- "DeGrazia (David) - Prenatal Identity: Genetic Interventions, Reproductive Choices", DeGrazia
- "Diamond (James J.) - Abortion, Animation, and Biological Hominization", Diamond
- "Engelhardt (H. Tristram) - The Ontology of Abortion", Engelhardt
- "English (Jane) - Abortion and the Concept of a Person", English
- "Feinberg (Joel) - Abortion", Feinberg
- "Forrester (Mary) - Problems and Persons: Introduction", Forrester
- "Forrester (Mary) - The Central Feature of Personhood", Forrester
- "Forrester (Mary) - Persons, Animals, and Fetuses: Summary", Forrester
- "Giubilini (Alberto) & Minerva (Francesca) - After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?", Giubilini & Minerva
- "Grobstein (Clifford) - Science and the Unborn: Choosing Human Futures", Grobstein
- "Hall (Timothy) - Abortion, the Right to Life, and Dependence", Hall
- "Hare (R.M.) - Abortion and the Golden Rule", Hare
- "Hershenov (David) - Abortions and Distortions: An Analysis of Morally Irrelevant Factors in Thomson's Violinist Thought Experiment.", Hershenov
- "Hershenov (David) - Embryos, Four-Dimensionalism and Moral Status", Hershenov14
- "Hershenov (David) - Explaining the Psychological Appeal of Viability as a Cutoff Point", Hershenov
- "Hershenov (David) - How a Hylomorphic Metaphysics Constrains the Abortion Debate", Hershenov
- "Hershenov (David) - Review of David DeGrazia’s Human Identity and Bioethics", Hershenov
- "Hershenov (David) & Koch-Hershenov (Rose J.) - The Relevance of Metaphysics to the Morality of Abortion", Hershenov
- "Hershenov (David) & Taylor (Adam P.) - Dualism, Panpsychism, and the Bioethical Status of Brainless Embryos", Hershenov
- "Hudson (Hud) - Pre-Persons, Post-Persons, Non-Persons, and Person-Parts", Hudson
- "Hudson (Hud) - Temporal Parts and Moral Personhood", Hudson
- "Kenyon (Edwin) - The Dilemma of Abortion", Kenyon
- "Koritansky (Peter) - The Role of Philosophy in the Contemporary Abortion Debate.", Koritansky
- "Lee (Patrick) - A Christian Philosopher’s View of Recent Directions in the Abortion Debate", Lee
- "Little (Margaret Olivia) - Abortion, Intimacy, and the Duty to Gestate", Little15
- "Manninen (Bertha Alvarez) - Yes, the baby should live: a pro-choice response to Giubilini and Minerva", Manninen
- "Marquis (Don) - Why Abortion is Immoral", Marquis
- "McGee (Andrew J.) - The moral status of babies", McGee
- "McMahan (Jeff) - Beginnings", McMahan
- "Morowitz (Harold J.) & Trefil (James) - The Facts of Life: Science and the Abortion Controversy", Morowitz & Trefil
- "Pluhar (Werner S.) - Abortion and Simple Consciousness", Pluhar
- "Quinn (Warren S.) - Abortion: Identity and Loss", Quinn
- "Rini (Regina) - Abortion, Ultrasound, and Moral Persuasion", Rini
- "Singer (Peter) - Uncertain Beginnings", Singer
- "Sterba (James P.) - Abortion, Distant Peoples, and Future Generations", Sterba
- "Thomson (Judith Jarvis) - A Defense of Abortion", Thomson
- "Tooley (Michael) - Abortion and Infanticide", Tooley
- "Warren (Mary Anne) - Abortion", Warren
- "Wyatt (John) - Matters of Life and Death", Wyatt
- 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 (18/09/2018 17:15:22).
- 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.
- This remark assumes that there is a “way things are” that is independent of the desires and motivations of human beings. This is denied by Yuval Noah Harari; see also "Blackburn (Simon) - Truth: A Guide for the Perplexed".
- I do not wish to deny that our ethical, political and religious views can be responses to how things are, just that they were often responses to how things seemed to us – or people we respected – at formative times of our lives, and then get entrenched and remain impervious to evidence to the contrary.
- 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.
- This is a well-known and important book that I read a long time ago, but which doesn’t seem to have been referenced hitherto.
Footnote 14: Footnote 15:
- See Chapter 5: “In the Beginning: What's going on in there?”
- This paper might be as well considered in the Note on Pregnancy.
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