A ZYGOTE COULD BE A HUMAN: A DEFENCE OF CONCEPTIONISM AGAINST FISSION ARGUMENTS
Article first published online: 29 JUL 2010
© 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Volume 26, Issue 3, pages 136–142, March 2012
How to Cite
CURTIS, B. L. (2012), A ZYGOTE COULD BE A HUMAN: A DEFENCE OF CONCEPTIONISM AGAINST FISSION ARGUMENTS. Bioethics, 26: 136–142. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8519.2010.01824.x
- Issue published online: 3 FEB 2012
- Article first published online: 29 JUL 2010
- human being;
- foetal value;
In this paper I defend the view that a zygote is a human from the fission objection that is widely thought to be decisive against the view. I do so, drawing upon a recent discussion of this issue by John Burgess, by explaining in detail the metaphysical position the proponent of the view should adopt in order to rebut the objection.