10. Becoming a Person

  1. Matthew C. Altman

Published Online: 6 OCT 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118114162.ch10

Kant and Applied Ethics: The Uses and Limits of Kant's Practical Philosophy

Kant and Applied Ethics: The Uses and Limits of Kant's Practical Philosophy

How to Cite

Altman, M. C. (2011) Becoming a Person, in Kant and Applied Ethics: The Uses and Limits of Kant's Practical Philosophy, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118114162.ch10

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  1. Ellensburg, Wash., USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 OCT 2011
  2. Published Print: 30 SEP 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470657669

Online ISBN: 9781118114162

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Keywords:

  • becoming a person, of who or what being morally considerable;
  • ancient practice of abortion;
  • moral agent, a complicated issue;
  • Kant, never expressing opinions on morality of abortion;
  • Kant's ethics of abortion, and personhood of fetus;
  • universalized maxims, not being retroactive;
  • formula of humanity and personhood;
  • elements of personhood, self-consciousness, responsibility;
  • Kant, that personhood being gradual than a state of being;
  • Kant's appeal to God, abortion, morally different from a miscarriage

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Ancient Practice of Abortion, and Continuing Controversies

  • Universalized Maxims Are Not Retroactive

  • The Formula of Humanity: Appealing to Personhood

  • Thomson and Boonin: The Personhood of the Fetus Does Not Matter

  • The Elements of Personhood: Self-Consciousness, Humanity, Responsibility

  • An Attempt to Bring Fetuses into Kant's Moral Community: The Appeal to Kind

  • Another Common Strategy: The Argument from Potential

  • Do We Have Indirect Duties to Fetuses?

  • No Fetuses, No Children

  • The Need for a Pragmatic Concept of Personhood

  • The Specter of Infanticide

  • Kant's Appeal to God

  • Problematic Implications of the Appeal to Personhood

  • Our Kantian Heritage: Trouble with Those at the Margins of Personhood