When does the Human Person begin?

An interdisciplinary research seminar with MDs, biologists, philosophers and theologians.


Many ethical approaches concede only human persons a right to live. The answer of the question when the human person begins hence can decide over life and death. In the research seminar the following questions shall be discussed on the basis of selected literature:

  • Does the beginning of human life coincide with the beginning of the human
  • Is an embryo or a baby no human person because she lacks self-consciousness?
  • Shall natural scientists or philosophers and theologians decide when the human
    person begins?