Ideas of Judith (Jarvis) Thomson, by Theme

[American, b.1929, Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.]

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9. Objects / E. Objects over Time / 5. Temporal Parts
Temporal parts is a crazy doctrine, because it entails constantly creating stuff ex nihilo [Koslicki]
How can point-duration slices of people have beliefs or desires?
25. Social Practice / F. Life Issues / 3. Abortion
Is someone's right to life diminished if they were conceived by a rape?
The right to life does not bestow the right to use someone else's body to support that life
It can't be murder for a mother to perform an abortion on herself to save her own life
The right to life is not a right not to be killed, but not to be killed unjustly
No one is morally required to make huge sacrifices to keep someone else alive for nine months
A newly fertilized ovum is no more a person than an acorn is an oak tree
Maybe abortion can be justified despite the foetus having full human rights [Foot]
The foetus is safe in the womb, so abortion initiates its death, with the mother as the agent. [Foot]