Infanticide - Emily Thurmaier Philosophy 230 Michael Tooley...

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Emily Thurmaier Philosophy 230 Michael Tooley Paper One of the most simplistic questions posed to humanity is deemed one of the most complicated and debatable questions ever posed. What is a human? The controversy of abortion and infanticide is one that has been continuously discussed, criticized and legally battled. While many persons find both practices morally unjustifiable, some permit one or the two. Others, like Michael Tooley, see no wrong behind abortion at any stage or infanticide. Tooley, the author of “Abortion and Infanticide”, continuously discusses the question of what a human is. The clearest arguments that Tooley presents is a series of rules where A is a subject, in our case, a supposed human. “… A is capable of desiring to continue to exist as a subject of experiences and other mental states, and if A does desire to continue to exist as such an entity, then others are under a prima facie obligation not to prevent him from doing so.” This basic statement seems completely logical and legitimate. It states
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