Bioethics 33 (6):669-673 (2019)

Authors
Perry Hendricks
Purdue University
Abstract
The “Embryo Rescue Case” (ERC) refers to a thought experiment that is used to argue against the view that embryos have a right to life (i.e. are persons). I will argue that cognitive science undermines the intuition elicited by the ERC; I will show that whether or not embryos have a right to life, our mental tools will make it very difficult to believe that embryos have said right. This suggests that the intuition elicited by the ERC is not truth indicative. The upshot of this is that we have an undercutting defeater for our intuition that embryos do not have a right to life.
Keywords abortion  cognitive science  embryo rescue case  intuition
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1111/bioe.12588
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Schrödinger’s Fetus.Joona Räsänen - 2020 - Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 23 (1):125-130.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

The Embryo Rescue Case.S. Matthew Liao - 2006 - Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 27 (2):141-147.
Metaphysical and Moral Status of Cryopreserved Embryos.Jason T. Eberl - 2012 - The Linacre Quarterly 79 (3):304-315.
Adoption First? The Disposition of Human Embryos.Timothy F. Murphy - 2013 - Journal of Medical Ethics (6):2013-101525.
The Morality of Embryo Use.Louis M. Guenin - 2008 - Cambridge University Press.
Haben menschliche Embryonen eine Disposition zur Personalität?Anne Sophie Meincke - 2018 - In Markus Rothhaar, Martin Hähnel & Roland Kipke (eds.), Der manipulierbare Embryo. Münster, Germany: pp. 147-171.
If Embryos and Fetuses Have Rights.Michele GoodwIn - 2017 - Law and Ethics of Human Rights 11 (2):189-224.
Saving Seven Embryos or Saving One Child? Michael Sandel on the Moral Status of Human Embryos.Gregor Damschen & Dieter Schönecker - 2007 - Journal of Philosophical Research 32 (Ethics and the Life Sciences):239-245.
Embryonic Stem Cells and Property Rights.A. -K. M. Andersson - 2011 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 36 (3):221-242.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2019-01-23

Total views
190 ( #44,352 of 2,326,007 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
76 ( #7,071 of 2,326,007 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes