Or it just means that we are contradictory when it comes to such vague things, especially amongst the common people and especially if the said thing involves ethics.Dachshund wrote: ↑Tue Oct 08, 2019 4:50 pm
Because the functions of Personhood are grounded in the essential nature of humanness, and because human beings are persons that maintain identity through time from the moment they come into existence at conception, it follows that the unborn are human persons of great worth because they possess that nature as long as they live.
To put it differently, it is an emotivist statement (one that represents emotional attitudes rather than one that is simply a ethical proposition).
People are people if and only if a standard human being* would confirm them to be people, or if they appear to be human. The more a thing "feels" like a human to us, the more like a human we treat them. Think of how people seem to speak to robots as if they had "personhood" and treat them as such as long as the fact that they were robots do not come to their mind strongly/for a lot of time.
*By which i mean human beings that do not have any extreme belief that would counter their emotional judgement.