David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 27 (5):433-453 (2006)
The President’s Council on Bioethics has addressed the moral status of human preembryos in its reports on stem cell research and human therapeutic cloning. Although the Council has been criticized for being hand-picked to favor the right-to-life viewpoint concerning human preembryos, it has embraced the idea that the right-to-life position should be defended in secular terms. This is an important feature of the Council’s work, and it demonstrates a recognition of the need for genuine engagement between opposing sides in the debate over stem cell research. To promote this engagement, the Council has stated in secular terms several arguments for the personhood of human preembryos. This essay presents and critiques those arguments, and it concludes that they are unsuccessful. If the best arguments in support of the personhood of human preembryos have been presented by the Council, then there are no reasonable secular arguments in support of that view.
|Keywords||embryo essential property moral standing personhood preembryo President’s Council on Bioethics stem cell substantial identity therapeutic cloning|
|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
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Paul Weithman (2008). Two Arguments From Human Dignity. In Adam Schulman (ed.), Human Dignity and Bioethics: Essays Commissioned by the President's Council on Bioethics. [President's Council on Bioethics.
James Lindemann Nelson (2005). The Baroness's Committee and the President's Council: Ambition and Alienation in Public Bioethics. Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 15 (3):251-267.
Gilbert Meilaender (2008). Human Dignity : Exploring and Explicating the Council's Vision. In Adam Schulman (ed.), Human Dignity and Bioethics: Essays Commissioned by the President's Council on Bioethics. [President's Council on Bioethics.
Albert Garth Thomas (2012). Continuing the Definition of Death Debate: The Report of the President's Council on Bioethics on Controversies in the Determination of Death. Bioethics 26 (2):101-107.
Carl Mitcham (2006). In Qualified Praise of the Leon Kass Council On Bioethics. Techne 10 (1):7-15.
Lisa Bortolotti & John Harris (2005). Stem Cell Research, Personhood and Sentience. Reproductive Biomedicine Online 10:68-75.
Ronald M. Green (2010). The President's Council on Bioethics—Requiescat in Pace. Journal of Religious Ethics 38 (2):197-218.
Matteo Galletti (2006). Begetting, Cloning and Being Human: Two National Commission Reports Against Human Cloning From Italy and the U.S.A. HEC Forum 18 (2):156-171.
Lawrence J. Nelson & Michael J. Meyer (2005). Confronting Deep Moral Disagreement: The President's Council on Bioethics, Moral Status, and Human Embryos. American Journal of Bioethics 5 (6):33 – 42.
Leon Kass (2005). Reflections on Public Bioethics: A View From the Trenches. Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 15 (3):221-250.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads21 ( #119,065 of 1,696,808 )
Recent downloads (6 months)6 ( #96,298 of 1,696,808 )
How can I increase my downloads?