Bruce P. Blackshaw
University of Birmingham
Joona Räsänen has proposed a concept he calls Schrödinger’s Fetus as a solution to reconciling what he believes are two widely held but contradictory intuitions. I show that Elizabeth Harman’s Actual Future Principle, upon which Schrödinger’s Fetus is based, uses a more convincing account of personhood. I also argue that both Räsänen and Harman, by embracing animalism, weaken their arguments by allowing Don Marquis’ ‘future like ours’ argument for the immorality of abortion into the frame.
Keywords fetus  Actual Future Principle  abortion
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s11019-019-09936-0
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

 PhilArchive page | Other versions
External links

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

Why Abortion is Immoral.Don Marquis - 1989 - Journal of Philosophy 86 (4):183-202.
Schrödinger’s Fetus.Joona Räsänen - 2020 - Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 23 (1):125-130.
Who Doesn't Have a Problem of Too Many Thinkers?David B. Hershenov - 2013 - American Philosophical Quarterly 50 (2):203.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Schrödinger’s Fetus.Joona Räsänen - 2020 - Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 23 (1):125-130.
Abortion, Personhood, and Moral Rights.Donald Algeo - 1981 - The Monist 64 (4):543-549.
Abortion, Embryo Destruction and the Future of Value Argument.J. Savulescu - 2002 - Journal of Medical Ethics 28 (3):133-135.
A Future Like Ours Revisited.M. T. Brown - 2002 - Journal of Medical Ethics 28 (3):192-195.


Added to PP index

Total views
109 ( #94,781 of 2,433,193 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
27 ( #29,004 of 2,433,193 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes