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Were you a part of your mother?

Were you a part of your mother?
Were you a part of your mother?
Is the mammalian embryo/fetus a part of the organism that gestates it? According to the containment view, the fetus is not a part of, but merely contained within or surrounded by, the gestating organism. According to the parthood view, the fetus is a part of the gestating organism. This paper proceeds in two stages. First, I argue that the containment view is the received view; that it is generally assumed without good reason; and that it needs substantial support if it is to be taken seriously. Second, I argue that the parthood view derives considerable support from a range of biological and physiological considerations. I tentatively conclude in favour of the parthood view, and end by identifying some of the interesting further questions it raises.
Metaphysics, Pregnancy
0026-4423
Kingma, Elisabeth
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Kingma, Elisabeth
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Kingma, Elisabeth (2019) Were you a part of your mother? Mind. (In Press)

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Abstract

Is the mammalian embryo/fetus a part of the organism that gestates it? According to the containment view, the fetus is not a part of, but merely contained within or surrounded by, the gestating organism. According to the parthood view, the fetus is a part of the gestating organism. This paper proceeds in two stages. First, I argue that the containment view is the received view; that it is generally assumed without good reason; and that it needs substantial support if it is to be taken seriously. Second, I argue that the parthood view derives considerable support from a range of biological and physiological considerations. I tentatively conclude in favour of the parthood view, and end by identifying some of the interesting further questions it raises.

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Accepted/In Press date: 18 December 2019
Keywords: Metaphysics, Pregnancy

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Local EPrints ID: 427045
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/427045
ISSN: 0026-4423
PURE UUID: b59ea903-44b9-4832-9925-a4cfcb8db8a5

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Date deposited: 20 Dec 2018 17:31
Last modified: 13 Mar 2019 18:44

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