Following on from the thread Lynx started on morality
, I thought it would be interesting to discuss the question of how we should understand the meaning of personhood
John Wyatt, a Professor of Ethics and Perinatology gave a fascinating lecture
on this subject a couple of years ago. The lecture is available to:
via the Faraday Institute website
(which has a number of other excellent multimedia resources worth looking at).
Prof Wyatt argues - against the definitions given by atheist ethicists like Peter Singer and Michael Tooley who say that a person is someone who has self-awareness - that personhood is something ontologically fundamental, and is profoundly relational rather than individualistic.
I'd be really interested to hear your thoughts on the lecture from an Islamic perspective (as Wyatt argues for his definition of personhood from a Trinitarian perspective) and from an atheistic perspective (as Wyatt issues a number of challenges to a naturalistic and reductionist view of personhood), and your thoughts on the subject in general.
Looking forward to hearing your views,