A Defense of Abortion by David Boonin

By David Boonin

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I additionally recommend studying the next readable books facing moral /philosophical concerns as well as Boonin's fascinating publication: a) "Justice. what is the correct factor to do" by way of Michael Sandel; b) "The God query: What well-known Thinkers from Plato to Dawkins Have acknowledged concerning the Divine" through Andrew Pessin; c) "Hegel" by means of Terry Pinkard; d) "The right examine of mankind" through Isaiah Berlin; and e) "Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors" via Susan Sontag. different attention-grabbing books, yet no so readable often is the following: 1) "Moral Measures: An advent to Ethics West and East" via James Tiles; 2) "Ética como amor propio" through Fernando Savater; 3)"The form of historical inspiration: Comparative reports in Greek and Indian Philosophies" by means of Thomas McEvilley; and four) "Schopenhauer and the Wild Years of Philosophy" by means of Rüdiger Safranksi.

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5. T H E S L I P P E R Y S L OP E A R G U M E N T If the considerations marshalled thus far are correct, then the fact that a human fetus is a member of the same species as you and I cannot ground an argument conferring upon it the same right to life as you and I. Being a member of the same species, however, is not the only relation that obtains between the fetus and us and that might be thought to ground such an argument. Another such relation is this: The difference between a developing fetus at one moment and the fetus a moment later is always very small, but if you add enough such moments, you eventually get an individual just like you and me.

Of course, this is true of all spiders and only of some human beings, but why should that fact make a difference? In addition, there are human beings who permanently lose their capacity for functioning as a person, such as those whose higher brain regions are irreparably destroyed. They do not have even the capacity to function as a person in Schwarz’s sense. Of course, they once did, but that shows only that they were once persons in Schwarz’s sense of the term, not that they are now. So even if being a person in Schwarz’s sense, having the capacity to function as a person, does suffice for having a right to life, it is still not the case that being a human being, a member of the species homo sapiens, suffices for being a person in Schwarz’s sense of the term.

The arguments in this book do not directly address the concerns of such people, nor need they do so. This book represents a defense of abortion from those arguments that attempt to give reasons to oppose abortion to those who are not already opposed to it. Opposition to abortion that rests on one’s already accepting a set of religious beliefs that includes opposition to abortion does not attempt to provide such reasons. 29 The Conception Criterion to religious, ecclesiastical, or theological sanctions,” despite the fact that its author is himself a professor of divinity (Williams 1972: ix).

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