Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 19 (1):pp. 33-40 (2009)

Authors
Robert George
Durham University
Patrick Lee
Franciscan University of Steubenville
Abstract
The paper by Magill and Neaves in this issue of the Journal attempts to rebut the "natural potency" position, based on recent advances in direct reprogramming of somatic cells to yield "induced pluripotent stem" (iPS) cells. As stated by the authors, the natural potency position holds that because "a human embryo directs its own integral organismic function from its beginning . . . there is a whole, albeit immature, and distinct human organism that is intrinsically valuable with the status of inviolability and deserving full moral respect" (p. 26). The authors boldly assert that "The recent production of iPS . . . highlights a prima facie absurdity for the natural potentiality argument" (p. 29). Yet the argument against natural potency is both logically flawed and based on a characterization of the scientific evidence that is factually inaccurate.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1353/ken.0.0275
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 60,795
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Analytics

Added to PP index
2009-03-11

Total views
44 ( #237,082 of 2,438,794 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
3 ( #209,179 of 2,438,794 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes