Revisiting the argument from fetal potential | Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine | by Bertha Alvarez Manninen


One of the most famous, and most derided, arguments against the morality of abortion is the argument from potential, which maintains that the fetus’ potential to become a person and enjoy the valuable life common to persons, entails that its destruction is prima facie morally impermissible. In this paper, I will revisit and offer a defense of the argument from potential. First, I will criticize the classical arguments proffered against the importance of fetal potential, specifically the arguments put forth by philosophers Peter Singer and David Boonin, by carefully unpacking the claims made in these arguments and illustrating why they are flawed. Secondly, I will maintain that fetal potential is morally relevant when it comes to the morality of abortion, but that it must be accorded a proper place in the argument. This proper place, however, cannot be found until we first answer a very important and complex question: we must first address the issue of personal identity, and when the fetus becomes the type of being who is relevantly identical to a future person. I will illustrate why the question of fetal potential can only be meaningfully addressed after we have first answered the question of personal identity and how it relates to the human fetus.

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Jung – Sea of Faith – BBC documentary (Part 1 of 2) – YouTube

“In the end the only thing worth telling is when this imperishable world erupted into the perishable one. Everything else has lost importance by comparison. I can understand myself only in the light of inner happenings. It is these that make up the singularity of my life.” Carl Jung


Thomas Jefferson–Fourth of July

alexander-hamilton-thomas-jefferson-founding-fathers“the general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth that the mass of mankind has not been born, with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of god.”


Happiness“What you see is a myosin protein dragging an endorphin along a filament to the inner part of the brain’s parietal cortex which creates happiness. Happiness. You’re looking at happiness.”


Science Set Free

‘About two-thirds of the papers in leading psychology journals turn out to be non-replicable, and more than 75% of papers in top-tier biomedical journals cannot be validated.” Rupert Sheldrake



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