In claiming that it constitutes a defense of abortion, i mean that it offers a defense of the claim that abortion, at least in typical cases, is morally permissible, that, morally speaking, a woman's having an abortion violates no rights. I was told this book presented a defense of abortion without challenging the ontological status of the fetus that reminded me of richard feynman's paint-mixing problem, the painter who claimed he could make yellow paint by mixing red and white paint, but then used a tube of yellow coloring to sharpen it up a bit. The central thesis of philosopher david boonin is that the moral case against abortion can be shown to be unsuccessful on terms that critics of abortion can and do accept.
A defense of abortion - judith jarvis thomson thomson's (t) imaginative examples and controversial conclusions have made a defense of abortion perhaps the most widely reprinted essay in all of contemporary philosophy. A defense of abortion by judith jarvis thomson - 'a defense of abortion' by judith jarvis thomson in the article 'a defense of abortion' judith jarvis thomson argues that abortion is morally permissible even if the fetus is considered a person. A defense of abortion by judith jarvis thomson essay 1075 words | 5 pages 'a defense of abortion' by judith jarvis thomson in the article 'a defense of abortion' judith jarvis thomson argues that abortion is morally permissible even if the fetus is considered a person. It undermines the usual arguments given for p1 the argument usually given for why a fetus at all stages is a person can also be given for an acorn at all stages is an oak tree.
Thomson's a defense of abortion (cont) thomson argues that abortion is permissible in order to save the mother's life she holds that abortion is also permissible in cases in which the pregnancy resulted from (a) an involuntary act or (b) a voluntary act, where reasonable precautions were taken to avoid pregnancy. Abortion logic and paternal responsibility: one more look at judith thomson's argument and a critique of david boonin-vail's defense of it (revised version of pavlischek 1993) in louis p pojman and francis j beckwith, eds. - 'a defense of abortion' by judith jarvis thomson in the article 'a defense of abortion' judith jarvis thomson argues that abortion is morally permissible even if the fetus is considered a person in this paper i will give a fairly detailed description of thomson main arguments for abortion. Thomson argues that in some though not all cases, women have a right to abortion due to property rights in regards to their body, and the undue burden against these rights that would be placed on women if they are to be made responsible for any and all pregnancies. Judith jarvis thomson: a defense of abortion i thomson's project thomson grants for the sake of argument the premise that a human embryo is a person she challenges the idea that one can argue effectively from this premise to the conclusion that all abortion is morally impermissible.
In this video, professor thorsby discusses judith jarvis thomson's essay a defense of abortion the argument proceeds on the supposition that a fetus has a right to life and is a person yet. It is understandable that given the contentious nature of the subject, boonin's defense of abortion would employ such a strategy in order to make a more effective contribution to the debate but this also makes boonin's defense of abortion only as good as those premises that the critics can or do already accept. In a defense of abortion, thomson grants for the sake of argument that the fetus has a right to life, but defends the permissibility of abortion by appeal to a thought experiment: you wake up in the morning and find yourself back to back in bed with an unconscious violinist. This article is within the scope of wikiproject philosophy, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of content related to philosophy on wikipedia if you would like to support the project, please visit the project page, where you can get more details on how you can help, and where you can join the general discussion about philosophy content on wikipedia.
In 1971, judith jarvis thomson wrote a defense of abortion for the periodical 'philosophy & public affairs' abortion is the termination of a pregnancy this article was reprinted in 1996 in ronald munson's book, intervention and reflection: basic issues in medical ethics. Many anti-abortion activists hope that kavanaugh's confirmation to the supreme court might lead to the overturning of roe v wade, the 1973 decision that established a nationwide right to abortion. Discussion of abortion that attempts to engage critics of abortion on their own terms in section 13, i distinguish between two kinds of ar-gumentsthatcriticsofabortionhaveoffered,thosethatarebasedonthe claimthatthefetushasarighttolifeandthosethatarenot,andempha-size that a satisfactory defense of abortion must address both.
A defense of abortion is a moral philosophy paper by judith jarvis thomson first published in 1971 granting for the sake of argument that the fetus has a right to life , thomson uses thought experiments to argue that the fetus' right to life does not trump the pregnant woman's right to control her own body and its life-support functions, and that induced abortion is therefore not morally. A brief discussion of thomson's essay judith jarvis thompson - the violinist argument - abortion and human rights faq with brendan malone - duration: 7:29 prolifenz 8,584 views. Abortion the main pro-life against abortion argument goes like this: killing a human life is wrong and a fetus is a human life therefore, killing a fetus is wrong however, the debate is always surrounded by the second premise which is: at what point of a pregnancy is a fetus a human being.