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The Value of the Pre-Person: Potentiality, Person-Maker Criteria, and Social Dimension
Graduate student, University of Pisa. (Centrum för forsknings- och bioetik, Centre for Research Ethics and Bioethics)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5748-0672
2013 (English)In: Journal of Philosophy of Life, ISSN 2185-4505, E-ISSN 2185-4505, Vol. 3, no 3, 190-201 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

There is a sense in distinguishing persons from other beings. Persons are forms of life towards whom an agent should feel morally responsible to the highest degree. The aim of this paper is to try and respond to the question: what line of conduct should we adopt with regard to those beings that are not persons but that we have well-founded reasons for thinking may be so in the future? The pre-persons are not, neither should they be considered as they were, persons. If we decide to guarantee their existence or well-being this decision must be based on considerations that are independent of their ontological constitution, of their actual biological status, and of the concept of potentiality. This decision can be taken only accounting for social aspects involved in the consideration of what a person is.

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2013. Vol. 3, no 3, 190-201 p.
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Person, Potentiality, Pre-Person, Person-Maker Criteria
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Ethics
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Bioethics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-254901OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-254901DiVA: diva2:820111
Available from: 2015-06-11 Created: 2015-06-11 Last updated: 2017-12-04

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