Louis M. Guenin’s principal interests lie in moral philosophy, metaphysics, and the philosophy of science.  His work in moral philosophy concerns distributive justice and ethical issues in research.  Recent publications include The Morality of Embryo Use, a study presenting a putative consensus justification for the moral practice of which embryonic stem cell research is a special case.  The object of a related current project is to show that boundedness of situation-relative developmental potential becomes discernible upon treating instantaneous developmental stages as outcomes of a random trial, defining a random variable, and observing the least upper bound of the associated probability density function’s support.  Concerning distributive justice, a book in progress will relate the mathematical foundations of consumer utility theory and the social welfare function, then attempt to show that among social welfare functions, the Rawlsian function is singular for feasibility.  Another current project concerns mereology and species. The burden thereof is to clarify the case against the dictate of extensional mereology that every composite is the sum of its parts, to show that for mereological reasons a species is neither a sum nor any other sort of whole composed of parts, and to develop the view that taxa are structures.


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