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A Critique of Rob Lovering's Criticism of the Substance View

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In his article, The Substance View: a critique, Rob Lovering argues that the substance view – according to which the human embryo is a person entitled to human rights – leads to such implausible implications that this view should be abandoned. In this article I respond to his criticism by arguing that either his arguments fail because the proponents of the substance view are not obligated to hold positions which may be considered absurd, or because the positions which they are assumed to be obligated to hold, are not absurd at all.
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Keywords: Rob Lovering; abortion; reductio ad absurdum; substance view

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2015

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