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Your mother should know: pregnancy, the ethics of abortion, and knowledge through acquaintance of moral value

Your mother should know: pregnancy, the ethics of abortion, and knowledge through acquaintance of moral value
Your mother should know: pregnancy, the ethics of abortion, and knowledge through acquaintance of moral value
An important strand in the debate on abortion focuses on the moral status of fetuses. Knowledge of the moral value of fetuses is needed to assess fetuses’ moral status. As Errol Lord argues, acquaintance plays a key role in moral and aesthetic knowledge. Many pregnant persons have acquaintance with their fetus that provides privileged access to knowledge about that fetus’ moral value. This knowledge is (a) very difficult to acquire without being pregnant and (b) relevant for assessing the moral status of fetuses. This has implications for public debate on abortion and the research methods of philosophers working on abortion.
0279-0750
471-492
Woollard, Fiona
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Woollard, Fiona
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Woollard, Fiona (2022) Your mother should know: pregnancy, the ethics of abortion, and knowledge through acquaintance of moral value. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 103 (3), 471-492. (doi:10.1111/papq.12416).

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An important strand in the debate on abortion focuses on the moral status of fetuses. Knowledge of the moral value of fetuses is needed to assess fetuses’ moral status. As Errol Lord argues, acquaintance plays a key role in moral and aesthetic knowledge. Many pregnant persons have acquaintance with their fetus that provides privileged access to knowledge about that fetus’ moral value. This knowledge is (a) very difficult to acquire without being pregnant and (b) relevant for assessing the moral status of fetuses. This has implications for public debate on abortion and the research methods of philosophers working on abortion.

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Accepted/In Press date: 18 April 2022
e-pub ahead of print date: 25 May 2022

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Local EPrints ID: 457650
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/457650
ISSN: 0279-0750
PURE UUID: 93e22fe7-6fd5-48e9-bb87-7452401dae37

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Date deposited: 14 Jun 2022 16:56
Last modified: 19 Sep 2022 16:43

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