Metaphysical Accounts of the Zygote as a Person and the Veto Power of Facts
Bole, Thomas J.
Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. 1989 Dec; 14(6): 647-653.
That the soul of a human person is infused at conception is a metaphysical claim. But given its traditional articulation, it has the empirical consequence that the zygote must have a substantial continuity with the adult person, a continuity which is already determined at conception. This empirical consequence is contradicted by the fact that the zygote may become a hydatidiform mole, or several persons. The metaphysical claim is falsified by the facts.
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