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Does Birth Matter? A Reply to Bobier and Omelianchuk

Veit, Walter (2021) Does Birth Matter? A Reply to Bobier and Omelianchuk. [Preprint]

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This paper is a response to a recent paper by Bobier and Omelianchuk in which they argue that the critics of Giubilini and Minerva’s defence of infanticide fail to adequately justify a moral difference at birth. They argue that such arguments would lead to an intuitively less plausible position: that late-term abortions are permissible, thus creating a dilemma for those who seek to argue that birth matters. I argue that the only way to resolve this dilemma, is to bite the naturalist bullet and accept that the intuitively plausible idea that birth constitutes a morally relevant event is simply mistaken and biologically misinformed.


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Item Type: Preprint
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CreatorsEmailORCID
Veit, Walterwrwveit@gmail.com0000-0001-7701-8995
Keywords: abortion, birth, bioethics, naturalism, health, sentience
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine > Biomedical Ethics
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Science and Society
Depositing User: Mr. Walter Veit
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2021 03:11
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2021 03:11
Item ID: 18556
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine > Biomedical Ethics
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Science and Society
Date: 2021
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18556

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