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I additionally recommend examining the next readable books facing moral /philosophical issues as well as Boonin's fascinating booklet: a) "Justice. what is the correct factor to do" by means of Michael Sandel; b) "The God query: What recognized Thinkers from Plato to Dawkins Have stated concerning the Divine" via Andrew Pessin; c) "Hegel" through Terry Pinkard; d) "The right research of mankind" through Isaiah Berlin; and e) "Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors" by means of Susan Sontag. different attention-grabbing books, yet no so readable stands out as the following: 1) "Moral Measures: An creation to Ethics West and East" through James Tiles; 2) "Ética como amor propio" via Fernando Savater; 3)"The form of historic suggestion: Comparative experiences in Greek and Indian Philosophies" through Thomas McEvilley; and four) "Schopenhauer and the Wild Years of Philosophy" via Rüdiger Safranksi.

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And this might well have some effect. It is difficult to read even a brief summary introduction to human embryology without coming away with the feeling of awe for the human zygote. But, then again, it may be equally difficult to come away without an equally strong feeling of awe for the sperm and egg, which, after all, have the power between them to produce such a zygote. And perusing a text on mammalian embryology in general might well leave one with a comparable feeling of awe for the zygotes of dogs, cats, rats, and so on.

This is so because the term person is ambiguous. On the one hand, person can be used in a purely normative sense. So understood, the claim that the fetus is a person simply means that the fetus has a right to life. On this construal of the term, any reason for believing that the fetus is a person just is a reason for believing that the fetus has a right to life. The claim that the fetus is a person in this sense plays no substantive role in justifying the claim that it has a right to life, and so there is no reason to consider it as a distinct claim.

I will argue that none of the arguments for the conception criterion that have thus far been proposed is satisfactory, and that this can be shown on terms that critics of abortion can and do accept. Some of the arguments that have been proposed in favor of the conception criterion, particularly some of the arguments treated relatively early in this chapter, are not especially powerful, and I devote relatively little space to responding to them. But it would be a serious mistake to dismiss the conception criterion itself merely because some of the most commonly heard arguments in its favor are somewhat weak.

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