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Metaphysics and Medical Ethics: A Reply

Grant Gillett
Journal of Medical Ethics
Vol. 20, No. 1 (Mar., 1994), pp. 50-52
Published by: BMJ
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27717374
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Abstract

The total longitudinal form view beings is a metaphysical view which aims to locate our moral judgements about human embryos in a broader set of attitudes and characterisations. On this basis it has explanatory power and a real function in that it grounds our ethical discussion of embryos in other discourses. Contra Leavitt (1), this grounding suggests a broader criterion of relevance for metaphysical discussion than asking 'what comes out of' such a discussion for a particular ethical dilemma.

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