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Single Idea 4054

[catalogued under 25. Social Practice / F. Life Issues / 3. Abortion]

Full Idea

It makes perfectly good sense to say that I existed before I became a person, just as I existed before I became an adult, or a philosopher.

Gist of Idea

I may exist before I become a person, just as I exist before I become an adult


Michael Lockwood (When Does a Life Begin? [1985], p.13)

Book Reference

'Moral Dilemmas in Modern Medicine', ed/tr. Lockwood,Michael [OUP 1988], p.13

A Reaction

The word 'I' needs thought here. I was once a non-adult, but was I ever a non-person? 'Person' is not a clear concept, despite what many philosophers since Locke may think.