phil HW6 - PHIL 260.001 Dr. Hornsby 9/28/09 According to...

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PHIL 260.001 Dr. Hornsby 9/28/09 According to this article, written by Anthony Appiah, sex is an essential property of a person’s identity. Appiah states that biological malfunctions can happen to a child at birth. Specifically, there are males, with the XY chromosome, that are unable to form the external genitalia because of an indifferent gonad. Regardless of these mishaps that occasionally happen in society, the article states that the baby would still be considered a male because that is the form of its biological parents. There is no changing that aspect of gender. The same is true for a female. If the female was born with the external genitalia and had an extra amount of testosterone, she would not be considered a male. The female’s reproductive organs already prove that she contains the chromosome set of XX. Appiah also exemplifies that sex-change operations, done by transsexuals, do not effect one’s personal identity. The only aspect about a person turned transsexual would be the
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This note was uploaded on 11/15/2011 for the course PHIL 260 taught by Professor Hornsby during the Fall '10 term at N.C. A&T.

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phil HW6 - PHIL 260.001 Dr. Hornsby 9/28/09 According to...

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