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 attention-grabbing booklet: a) "Justice. what is the correct factor to do" by means of Michael Sandel; b) "The God query: What well-known Thinkers from Plato to Dawkins Have stated in regards to the Divine" by way of Andrew Pessin; c) "Hegel" through Terry Pinkard; d) "The right examine of mankind" by way of Isaiah Berlin; and e) "Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors" by way of Susan Sontag. different fascinating books, yet no so readable could be the following: 1) "Moral Measures: An creation to Ethics West and East" by means of James Tiles; 2) "Ética como amor propio" via Fernando Savater; 3)"The form of historical idea: Comparative reviews in Greek and Indian Philosophies" by means of Thomas McEvilley; and four) "Schopenhauer and the Wild Years of Philosophy" through Rüdiger Safranksi.

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The inference from the continuity between A and B to the conclusion that they are not fundamentally different, that is, is undermined only for those cases in which the property in virtue of which A and B differ greatly is one that can be acquired gradually, like extra hairs or shades of darkness, a little bit at a time. But surely most critics of abortion will reject this claim. They view the right to life as a categorical property: One either has it or one does not. If the defender of abortion wishes to challenge the critic on this point, then he may use this point of contention as a way to reject the slippery slope argument.

It simply means that it stands in need of justification. And in fact there are several ways in which critics of abortion have attempted to justify it. I will assume that the claim that a new human being comes to exist at the moment of conception is true. The question is whether this provides good reason to accept the claim that a human fetus has a right to life from the moment of its conception. One reason for thinking that it does might arise from the following consideration: Suppose that I asked you to go out and round up ten different individuals whom both defenders and critics of abortion alike would generally recognize as uncontroversial examples of individuals with a right to life.

There can, for example, be human fetuses with such severe deformities that they will never develop a brain capable of sustaining thought, or even any brain at all. These are human beings who have not even the capacity for functioning as a person and so are not persons on Schwarz’s definition of the term. One could, I suppose, characterize such a fetus as a person whose capacity for thought simply happens to be “blocked” by a contingent fact about its head. But then it is difficult to see why we should not also call the spider crawling up my window a person.

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