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The European embryonic stem-cell debate and the difficulties of embryological Kantianism

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Published in Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. 2004, vol. 29, no. 5, p. 563-581
Abstract As elsewhere, the ethical debate on embryonic stem cell research in Central Europe, especially Germany and Switzerland, involves controversy over the status of the human embryo. There is a distinctive Kantian flavor to the standard arguments however, and we show how they often embody a set of misunderstandings and argumentative shortcuts we term “embryological Kantianism.” We also undertake a broader analysis of three arguments typically presented in this debate, especially in official position papers, namely the identity, continuity, and potentiality arguments. It turns out that these arguments do not support the strong, quasi-personal status accorded to the embryos in these official opinions.
Keywords EmbryoEuropean bioethicsKantianismOntologyPerson
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MAURON, Alex, BAERTSCHI, Bernard. The European embryonic stem-cell debate and the difficulties of embryological Kantianism. In: Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, 2004, vol. 29, n° 5, p. 563-581. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:84367

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