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Moral uncertainty in bioethical argumentation: a new understanding of the pro-life view on early human embryos

Żuradzki, Tomasz (2014) Moral uncertainty in bioethical argumentation: a new understanding of the pro-life view on early human embryos. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, 35 (6). pp. 441-457. ISSN 1573-1200 (electronic)

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Abstract

In this article, I present a new interpretation of the pro-life view on the status of early human embryos. In my understanding, this position is based not on presumptions about the ontological status of embryos and their developmental capabilities but on the specific criteria of rational decisions under uncertainty and on a cautious response to the ambiguous status of embryos. This view, which uses the decision theory model of moral reasoning, promises to reconcile the uncertainty about the ontological status of embryos with the certainty about normative obligations. I will demonstrate that my interpretation of the pro-life view, although seeming to be stronger than the standard one, has limited scope and cannot be used to limit destructive research on human embryos.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Żuradzki, Tomaszt.zuradzki@uj.edu.pl
Keywords: bioethics, human embryo research; moral status; pro-life view; decision theory; normative uncertainty
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine > Biomedical Ethics
General Issues > Decision Theory
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Science Policy
General Issues > Technology
Depositing User: Mr. Tomasz Żuradzki
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2014 16:25
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2014 16:25
Item ID: 11191
Journal or Publication Title: Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics
Publisher: Springer
Official URL: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11017-...
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1007/s11017-014-9309-1
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine > Biomedical Ethics
General Issues > Decision Theory
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Science Policy
General Issues > Technology
Date: 1 December 2014
Page Range: pp. 441-457
Volume: 35
Number: 6
ISSN: 1573-1200 (electronic)
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11191

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