Disability, Origin Essentialism, and the Problem of Differently Constituted Precursors

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by: Russell DiSilvestro

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“Origin essentialism,” or “the necessity of origin,” is the vague idea that, in some way, a human individual’s origin is essential or necessary to who she is. I give examples of how this idea can be understood to shape discussions about our general obligations to future generations and our specific obli- gations to prevent genetic disability. I explain several ways of formulating origin essentialism about humans more precisely, and settle on one from Nathan Salmon. I explain why what I call the Problem of Differently Consti- tuted Precursors is a genuine problem for origin essentialism.

From the Journal of the Christian Institute on Disability (JCID) Vol. 6, No. 1 and 2, Spring/Summber/Fall/Winter 2017

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by: Russell DiSilvestro

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“Origin essentialism,” or “the necessity of origin,” is the vague idea that, in some way, a human individual’s origin is essential or necessary to who she is. I give examples of how this idea can be understood to shape discussions about our general obligations to future generations and our specific obli- gations to prevent genetic disability. I explain several ways of formulating origin essentialism about humans more precisely, and settle on one from Nathan Salmon. I explain why what I call the Problem of Differently Consti- tuted Precursors is a genuine problem for origin essentialism.

From the Journal of the Christian Institute on Disability (JCID) Vol. 6, No. 1 and 2, Spring/Summber/Fall/Winter 2017

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