Body-Self Dualism in Contemporary Ethics and Politics

Published Date: November 5, 2007 | Topics: Philosophy, Politics and Current Affairs

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Profoundly important ethical and political controversies turn on the question of whether biological life is an essential aspect of a human person, or only an extrinsic instrument. Lee and George argue that human beings are physical, animal organisms – albeit essentially rational and free – and examine the implications of this understanding of human beings for some of the most controversial issues in contemporary ethics and politics. The authors argue that human beings are animal organisms and that their personal identity across time consists in the persistence of the animal organisms they are; they also argue that human beings are essentially rational and free and that there is a radical difference between human beings and other animals; criticize hedonism and hedonistic drug-taking; present detailed defenses of the prolife positions on abortion and euthanasia; and defend the traditional moral position on marriage and sexual acts.

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Mind, Heart, and Soul: Intellectuals and the Path to Rome

Published Date: October 31, 2018 | Co Authors: R.J. Snell | Topics: Philosophy, Religion

In a series of fascinating interviews, a cradle Catholic (Robert P. George) and an adult convert (R. J. Snell), offer the stories of sixteen converts, each a public intellectual or leading voice in their respective fields, and each making a significant contribution to the life of the Church. Mind, Heart, and Soul is a Surprised […]

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Embryo: A Defense of Human Life

Published Date: September 20, 2011 | Co Authors: Christopher Tollefsen | Topics: Civil Rights and Liberties, Politics and Current Affairs

The bitter national debates over abortion, euthanasia, and stem cell research have created an unbridgeable gap between religious groups and those who insist that faith-based views have no place in public policy. Religious conservatives are so adamantly opposed to stem cell research in particular that President Bush issued the first veto of his presidency over […]

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