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A Thought Experiment About Personhood

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A Thought Experiment About Personhood

This is a mini-post related to a (much) longer post discussing the argument from future deprivation. Briefly, the argument supposes that the ending of human life is wrong fundamentally because of its denying them of a future filled with the sorts of experiences that make a person’s life meaningful. Thus, according to the argument from future deprivation, aborting a fetus is wrong because it deprives a human life of its future. Now, the argument also asserts that the question of whether or not a fetus is also a person does not matter—that its mere biological humanity is enough to merit it...

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Abortion, Philosophy, and Godlessness: The Argument from Deprived Future Part 2

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Abortion, Philosophy, and Godlessness: The Argument from Deprived Future Part 2

By: Brandon Christen (Part 2 of 5) One of the strongest arguments against abortion which I have come across has been the argument from a denied future. This argument is presented by anti-abortionists from within the secular community as a completely secular argument that, allegedly, philosophically showcases why we cannot allow abortion (except for certain circumstances, which we shall come to in due time). This argument is perhaps best articulated by a philosopher named Don Marquis from his article “Why Abortion is Immoral” in The Journal of Philosophy in 1989. I first read it in the...

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Everything Happens for a Reason…. or Does it?

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Everything Happens for a Reason…. or Does it?

Everything Happens for a Reason: An Open Letter to My Friends and Others Who Believe This ©2014 By Martha Readyoff First of all, let me say that I love you and admire you. If you are my friend, I love you and you know who you are. If I don’t know you and if you believe that everything happens for a reason then I have strong evidence to think that you are like my friends who believe this and are therefore a good person and probably pretty pleasant to be around- other than having to listen to you say “everything happens for a reason.” Just kidding . . . sort of. I find this phrase and...

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Abortion, Philosophy, and Godlessness: Considering abortion from Atheistic Perspectives Part 1

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Abortion, Philosophy, and Godlessness: Considering abortion from Atheistic Perspectives Part 1

Guest blog by Brandon Christen This will be a 5 part series.  Each argument will be broken down individually to give it the explanation it deserves. With perhaps the notable exception of gay marriage, there are few issues that seem—on the face of it—more starkly divided, and dividable, along religious and non-religious lines, it is abortion. The broadly portrayed narrative in the past has been one of conservative, religious ideologies making the claim that an embryo is a full person by merit of its possessing a unique and individual “soul”—this being the same soul that, in many...

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Bill Fusaro

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Bill Fusaro

Name: Bill Fusaro DOB: 1965 Location: Deep River, CT Label: Atheist My Story It was December 25, 1973.  I was eight years old and had just finished opening “all” my Christmas presents.  Then my mom said something like, “Wait … Santa left you guys a note.”  Me and my brothers rushed over to the table.  There was a hand written note which said, “You each have one more present in the basement.  – Santa Claus.”Of course I was excited about the fact that there was still another present … as it turned out there were three brand new...

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