Substantial identity and the right to life: a rejoinder to Dean Stretton

Bioethics. 2007 Feb;21(2):93-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8519.2007.00529.x.


In this article, I reply to criticisms of Dean Stretton of the pro-life argument from substantial identity. When the criterion for the right to life proposed by most proponents of the pro-life position is rightly understood--being a person, a distinct substance of a rational nature--this position does not lead to the difficulties Stretton claims it does.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Bioethical Issues*
  • Embryo, Mammalian*
  • Humans
  • Individuality*
  • Personhood*
  • Value of Life*