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Cognitive Limits and the Beginning of Life


  • Stefan Huster

    () (Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum)


The question which moral status the embryo has is of great practical significance because the possibility to justify a governmental prohibition of a set of important therapeutical and scientific measures depends on a special and therefore legal protectable status of the embryo. The identity argument which is often used in this context cannot constitute this status due to its mere epistemic character under the condition of the determinism.

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  • Stefan Huster, 2009. "Cognitive Limits and the Beginning of Life," Rationality, Markets and Morals, Frankfurt School Verlag, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, vol. 0(31), November.
  • Handle: RePEc:rmm:journl:v:0:y:2009:i:31

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