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Analyse & Kritik

Journal of Philosophy and Social Theory

Ed. by Baurmann, Michael / Leist, Anton / Tranow, Ulf

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Volume 12, Issue 2


Kindstötung und das Lebensrecht von Personen

Norbert Hoerster
Published Online: 2016-05-12 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/auk-1990-0209


According to the view of Peter Singer, only persons deserve a right to life. As a consequence, a human being can claim such a right only at a certain point of its postnatal development and there is no essential moral difference between infanticide and abortion. Against this view, it is argued that - even on the basis of personhood as the fundamental criterion - there are convincing pragmatical reasons for attributing a right to life in social practice at the point of birth. It is also shown how this position can be combined with a morally satisfactory position on the important problem of the treatment of infants who are severely handicapped.

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Published Online: 2016-05-12

Published in Print: 1990-11-01

Citation Information: Analyse & Kritik, Volume 12, Issue 2, Pages 226–244, ISSN (Online) 2365-9858, ISSN (Print) 0171-5860, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/auk-1990-0209.

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