Dialogue 56 (1):1-19 (2017)

Lynda Gaudemard
Aix-Marseille University
In this article, I examine the standard assumption that ethical disagreements on abortion and human embryonic stem cells research are grounded on metaphysical claims that underlie these ethical issues. Contrary to what some philosophers have claimed, I argue that, although the bioethical positions about the human embryo’s moral status are partly grounded on metaphysical claims, incorporating metaphysical arguments in the debates about the ethics of reproduction will not resolve this issue.
Keywords abortion  metaphysics  ethics of reproduction  bioethics
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DOI 10.1017/s0012217317000233
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