David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Utilitas 19 (2):131-159 (2007)
It is sometimes suggested that if a moral theory implies that infanticide can sometimes be permissible, that is sufficient to discredit the theory. I argue in this article that the common-sense belief that infanticide is wrong, and perhaps even worse than the killing of an adult, is challenged not so much by theoretical considerations as by common-sense beliefs about abortion, the killing of non-human animals, and so on. Because there are no intrinsic differences between premature infants and viable fetuses, it is difficult to accept that an abortion performed after the point of viability can be permissible while denying that infanticide can be permissible for a comparably important reason. This and other challenges to the consistency of our intuitions exert pressure on us either to accept the occasional permissibility of infanticide or to reject liberal beliefs about abortion.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Craig Hovey (2011). Is Social Justice a Form of Statecraft? Journal of Religious Ethics 39 (1):174-191.
Similar books and articles
Jeffrey Reiman (1998). Abortion, Infanticide, and the Changing Grounds of the Wrongness of Killing: Reply to Don Marquis's "Reiman on Abortion". Journal of Social Philosophy 29 (2):168-174.
Catherine Driscoll (2005). Killing Babies: Hrdy on the Evolution of Infanticide. [REVIEW] Biology and Philosophy 20 (2-3):271-289.
Renuka M. Sharma (2007). The Ethics of Birth and Death: Gender Infanticide in India. [REVIEW] Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 4 (3):181-192.
Mary Anne Warren (1989). The Moral Significance of Birth. Hypatia 4 (3):46 - 65.
Lawrence Torcello (2009). A Precautionary Tale: Separating the Infant From the Fetus. Res Publica 15 (1):17-31.
S. Matthew Liao (2007). Time-Relative Interests and Abortion. Journal of Moral Philosophy 4 (2):242-256.
Nicole Hassoun & Uriah Kriegel (2008). Consciousness and the Moral Permissibility of Infanticide. Journal of Applied Philosophy 25 (1):45–55.
Robert F. Card (2000). Infanticide and the Liberal View on Abortion. Bioethics 14 (4):340–351.
Philip E. Devine (1983). Abortion, Contraception, Infanticide. Philosophy 58 (226):513 - 520.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads200 ( #3,222 of 1,102,060 )
Recent downloads (6 months)9 ( #28,745 of 1,102,060 )
How can I increase my downloads?