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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Natural Law, Liberalism, and Morality: Contemporary Essays

Published Date: May 3, 2001 | Topics: Natural Law, Philosophy

This work brings together leading defenders of Natural Law and Liberalism for a series of frank and lively exchanges touching upon critical issues of contemporary moral and political theory. The book is an outstanding example of the engagement of traditions of thought about fundamental matters of ethics and justice.

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Great Cases in Constitutional Law

Published Date: March 19, 2000 | Topics: Constitutional Issues

Slavery, segregation, abortion, workers’ rights, the power of the courts. These issues have been at the heart of the greatest constitutional controversies in American history. And in this concise and thought-provoking volume, some of today’s most distinguished legal scholars and commentators explain for a general audience how five landmark Supreme Court cases centered on those […]

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