A Conceptual Analysis of the Potentiality Argument in Favor of a Human Embryo’s Right to Life
Pavol Labuda (Catholic University in Ruzomberok, Slovakia)
Nanovic Institute Visiting Scholar
Abstract: The aim of the presentation is a logical and conceptual analysis of argumentation based on the potentiality principle (PP) and a designation of conditions of validity and soundness of the PP based argument that is in favor of a human embryo’s right to life. The first part will present the PP and the universal form of the bioethical argument based on it. The second part of presentation will realize conceptual analysis of argument’s concepts with special emphasis on the central concept – potentiality. The third and final part will offer conditions for validity and soundness of the bioethical argument developed in favor of human embryo’s right to life via clear explication of the type of potentiality in the PP based argument and via the explication of the species-specific properties as dispositions.
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Co-sponsored by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies and the Center for Ethics and Culture.