Making Manifest of What Was Hidden: Abortion and Infanticide

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  1. Avatar Mihai Marinescu says:

    Each time I see that infanticide article – “peer review”- I cannot cease to be amazed of what passes for “philosophy” these days.
    The article is very consequent from premise to conclusion, true, but the terms used and how they are defined- for example that “potential person”….
    A more zealous high school student who studied the elementary courses in logic and philosophy could reduce that “peer reviewed” article to rubble.

    “Peer review”…how can you not trust the specialists?

    • Avatar Malić says:

      This is quite the consequent outcome of what is customarily summed up under the moniker of “linguistic turn” philosophy. In contrast, I witnessed how high school students at the age of 17 comment the Aristotle’s understanding of potentiality from the famous example of oak tree being potentially in the chestnut with the words “but that can’t be conceived otherwise”. If people don’t see the obvious, its usually because they chose not to or they are cca third generation descending from those who made such choice.

  2. Avatar Han Fei says:

    I think the characteristic of our era is that the set of opinions held utterly insane people, haters of humankind as such, have become thoroughly embedded in so called common consciousness.

    One does not need to be religious to acknowledge the utterly unspeakable cruelty inherent in abortion. There are perfectly secular reasons to oppose this barbarous practice. And yet whenever this obvious crux of the matter is brought up the discussion is inevitably steered into a different direction. As the book Freakanomics seeks to demonstrate, state provided free access to abortion and contraceptives decreases poverty and increases freedoms. But through all the sweet sounding reasons the author lays about, the rotten core of this type of thinking is laid bare for those who still have the eyes to see it.

    There are too many humans already. Not having a baby is good for the environment. Children are annoying and stupid. Children prevent you from pursuing your career paths. Having a child makes you undesirable for men, due to the physical deformation caused by the process. It is a woman’s freedom to deny the life of the breathing, thinking human being forming inside her. But in the end what most rationalizations and justifications of this practice boil down to is that the responsibility of taking care of and raising a child interferes with the “fun” you get to have in life.

    Nothing is more revealing about the moral state of society than its attitude towards this issue. In the land where religion is supposedly gaining hand, Russia, over 70% of people voted against any sort of legislative restriction on abortion freedoms (in a land where the laws are surprisingly liberal on this issue). Only 4% supported prohibiting it altogether and about 26% removing state support.

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