Stanislaw Kaminski Memorial Lectures 2022

The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin


Prof. David Hershenov
University at Buffalo


Personal Identity and Bioethics


May 9-13, 2022


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also available online


The course will examine three questions at the intersection of personal identity and bioethics. Is the human animal identical to the human person? When during a pregnancy does there emerge a subject of harm? To what extent can the mindless and minimally minded be harmed by their deaths?


30 Hour Course, 2 ECTS Points


9-12 AM, ROOM C220  |  Also available online


Questions should be directed to 





  • Jeff McMahan. 2002. "The Ethics of Killing" Problems at the Margins of Life. Oxford University Press. "The Embodied Mind Account" pp. 66-94.
  • Michael Tooley. 1983. Abortion and Infanticide. Part II. Chapter 5 "The Concept of a Person." 87-164
  • Derek Parfit. 2012. "We Are Not Human Beings." Philosophy. 87:1. 5-28.
  • David Hershenov. 2021. "Thinking Animals or Thinking Brains?" Acta Analytica.  36, 11-24
  • David Hershenov and Adam Taylor. 2017. "Personal Identity and the Possibility of Autonomy." Dialectica. 71:2. 155–179.
  • Michael Tooley. 1972. "Abortion and Infanticide" Philosophy and Public Affairs.  2:1, 37-65.
  • Don Marquis. 1989. "Why Abortion is Immoral." Journal of Philosophy. 86:4, 183-202
  • Jeff McMahan, 2002. The Ethics of Killing: Problems at the Margins of Life. "The Time-Relative Interest Account" 165-174; 232-240. "Potential" 302-329. "Abortion and Infanticide" 338-345.
  • David Hershenov and Rose Hershenov. 2017. "The Potential of Potentiality Arguments" in J. Eberl Ed. Contemporary Controversies in Catholic Bioethics. Springer Press. 35-52.
  • David Hershenov and Rose Hershenov. 2017. "If Abortion then Infanticide." Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics. 38:5, 387-409.




Kaminski Lectures Syllabus


McMahan Readings are from the
Ethics of Killing: Problems at the Margins of Life


Monday May 9:

McMahan “Are We Human Organisms” pp 24-39


Tuesday May 10

McMahan “The Psychological Account” pp. 39-66


Wednesday May 11

McMahan “The Embodied Mind Account” pp. 66-94

Recommended: Olson “An Argument for Animalism” pp. 1-21


Thursday May 12

Hershenov “Thinking Animals or Thinking Brains”

Recommended: Parfit “We Are Not Human Beings”


Friday May 13

McMahan “The Time Relative Interests Account” pp. 165-174

Hershenov “Health, Harm, and Potential: The Interests of the Mindless & Minimally Minded” 2-27

Recommended: Marquis: “Abortion and Death” pp. 11-33



  1. Hershenov - 'Health, Harm, and Potential - The Interests of the Mindless and Minimally Minded'.pdf
  2. Hershenov - Thinking Animals or Thinking Brains.pdf
  3. Marquis - Abortion and Death - Critique of TRIA.pdf
  4. McMahan - Are We Human Organisms.pdf
  5. McMahan - The Embodied Mind.pdf
  6. McMahan - The Psychological Account.pdf
  7. McMahan - The Time-Relative Interest Account.pdf
  8. Olson - An Argument for Animalism.pdf
  9. Parfit - Why we are not Human Being.pdf



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