Personhood revisited

by Andrea Elizabeth

Dr Vervaeke talks further about the personhood of babies in his recent q&a. He gives a few other qualifications for personhood that he doesn’t think young children have. He mentioned the option for criminality in passing, and indeed juveniles aren’t held as responsible as adults are. There are obvious differences between mature, functional adults and immature, dysfunctional adults and children, but another qualification just occurred to me while watching a true crime show. It seems that only persons are victims of murder. Animals are victims of cruelty and killings, but we don’t apply the word murdered to what happens to them. Children can be murdered, so that makes them persons, seems to me. So can comatose people.