You're throwing emotional issues into the discussion.
I'm only talking about the definition of a "part".
The fetus is a part of the mother, in the same sense
that a kidney is a part of the mother. (02)
----- Original Message -----
From: "Chris Menzel" <cmenzel@xxxxxxxx>
To: "[ontolog-forum] " <ontolog-forum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2009 3:03 PM
Subject: Re: [ontolog-forum] An Ontology Modeling Different Age Groups (04)
> On Wed, 25 Mar 2009, Richard H. McCullough wrote:
>> From the viewpoint of metaphysics/epistemology, a fetus is not a human
>> being, it is a part of a human being (the mother).
> Among philosophers, medical ethicists, etc, this is an entirely open and
> controversial question.
>> After birth, it is a human being (the newborn).
> Are you proposing that we become human beings only after birth? Not
> that I'm interested in arguing the point, but that proposal is obviously
> -chris (05)
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