The Resource Abortion and the moral significance of merely possible persons : finding middle ground in hard cases, Melinda A. Roberts, (electronic resource)

Abortion and the moral significance of merely possible persons : finding middle ground in hard cases, Melinda A. Roberts, (electronic resource)

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Abortion and the moral significance of merely possible persons : finding middle ground in hard cases
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Abortion and the moral significance of merely possible persons
Title remainder
finding middle ground in hard cases
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Melinda A. Roberts
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  • eng
  • eng
Summary
This book has two main goals. The first is to give an account, called Variabilism, of the moral significance of merely possible persons—persons who, relative to a particular circumstance, or possible future or world, could but in fact never do exist. The second is to use Variabilism to illuminate abortion. According to Variabilism, merely possible persons—just like anyone else—matter morally but matter variably. Where we understand that a person incurs a loss whenever agents could have created more wellbeing for that person and instead create less, Variabilism asserts that the moral significance of any loss is a function of where that loss is incurred in relation to the person who incurs it. That is: a loss incurred at a world where the person who incurs that loss does or will exist has full more significance, according to Variabilism, while a loss incurred by that same person at a world where that person never exists at all has no moral significance whatsoever. Some other views deem all merely possible persons and all of their losses to matter morally. Still other views deem no merely possible persons and none of their losses to matter morally. Variabilism, instead, takes a middle ground between these two extreme positions. It thus opens the door to a certain middle ground on procreative choice in general and abortion in particular. Thus, given that, for persons, thinking and coming into existence come together, Variabilism supports the argument that the early abortion is ordinarily permissible when it is what the woman wants. That is so, since the loss incurred when, as an effect of the early abortion, a given person is never brought into existence to begin with has no moral significance at all. In contrast, the late abortion is ordinarily subject to a different analysis. For the loss incurred in that case has full moral significance, according to Variabilism, since it is incurred at a world where the person who incurs it already exists
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MiAaPQ
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1954-
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Roberts, Melinda A.
Dewey number
179.76
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
English
LC call number
HQ767.15
LC item number
.R63 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Philosophy and medicine
Series volume
v. 107
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  • Abortion
  • Human reproduction
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Abortion and the moral significance of merely possible persons : finding middle ground in hard cases, Melinda A. Roberts, (electronic resource)
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Description based upon print version of record
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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cr
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text
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txt
Contents
The Moral Significance of Merely Possible Persons -- The Abortion Paradox -- Three More Arguments Against Early Abortion -- Abortion and Variabilism -- Conclusion
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (193 p.)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9789048137923
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computer
Media type code
c
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10.1007/978-90-481-3792-3
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remote
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  • (CKB)2670000000036936
  • (EBL)603214
  • (OCoLC)668095993
  • (SSID)ssj0000448927
  • (PQKBManifestationID)11316060
  • (PQKBTitleCode)TC0000448927
  • (PQKBWorkID)10391521
  • (PQKB)11596873
  • (DE-He213)978-90-481-3792-3
  • (MiAaPQ)EBC603214
  • (EXLCZ)992670000000036936
Label
Abortion and the moral significance of merely possible persons : finding middle ground in hard cases, Melinda A. Roberts, (electronic resource)
Publication
Note
Description based upon print version of record
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Contents
The Moral Significance of Merely Possible Persons -- The Abortion Paradox -- Three More Arguments Against Early Abortion -- Abortion and Variabilism -- Conclusion
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (193 p.)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9789048137923
Media category
computer
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.1007/978-90-481-3792-3
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (CKB)2670000000036936
  • (EBL)603214
  • (OCoLC)668095993
  • (SSID)ssj0000448927
  • (PQKBManifestationID)11316060
  • (PQKBTitleCode)TC0000448927
  • (PQKBWorkID)10391521
  • (PQKB)11596873
  • (DE-He213)978-90-481-3792-3
  • (MiAaPQ)EBC603214
  • (EXLCZ)992670000000036936

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