Journal of Applied Philosophy 25 (1):45-55 (2008)

Nicole Hassoun
State University of New York at Binghamton
In this paper, we present a conditional argument for the moral permissibility of some kinds of infanticide. The argument is based on a certain view of consciousness and the claim that there is an intimate connection between consciousness and infanticide. In bare outline, the argument is this: it is impermissible to intentionally kill a creature only if the creature is conscious; it is reasonable to believe that there is some time at which human infants are conscious; therefore, it is reasonable to believe that it is permissible to intentionally kill some human infants.
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DOI 10.1111/j.1468-5930.2008.00392.x
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