Metaphysics and Medical Ethics: A Reply
Journal of Medical Ethics. 1994 Mar; 20(1): 50-52.
The total longitudinal form view of human beings is a metaphysical view which aims to locate our moral judgements about human embryos in a broader set of attitudes and characterisations. On this basis it has explanatory power and a real function in that it grounds our ethical discussion of embryos in other discourses. Contra Leavitt, this grounding suggests a broader criterion of relevance for metaphysical discussion than asking 'what comes out of' such a discussion for a particular ethical dilemma.
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Braunack-Mayer, Annette J.; Gillam, Lynn H.; Vance, Edwina F.; Gillett, Grant R.; Kerridge, Ian H.; McPhee, John; Saul, Peter; Smith, David E.; Wellsmore, Henry M.; Koczwara, Bogda; Rogers, Wendy A.; Stoffell, Brian F.; McNeill, Paul M.; Newell, Christopher J.; Parker, Malcolm H.; Walton, Merrilyn; Whitehall, John S. (Working Group on behalf of the Association of Teachers of Ethics and Law in Australian and New Zealand Medical Schools [ATEAM], 2001-08-20)