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Christopher Kaczor, The Ethics of Abortion: Women’s Rights, Human Life, and the Question of Justice. Author(s): David DeGrazia. Source: Ethics, Vol. , No. Buy The Ethics of Abortion: Women’s Rights, Human Life, and the Question of Justice (Routledge Annals of Bioethics) 1 by Christopher Kaczor (ISBN. The Ethics of Abortion: Women’s Rights, Human. Life, and the Question of Justice . Christopher Kaczor. Loyola Marymount University. Follow this and additional.

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Kaczor also interacts with questions tehics as asking if contraception is the same thing as abortion. I have been inclined to take these accounts for granted, but to question the arguments for the claim that one has the right to life if and only if one is now a person in one of these psychological senses. It will not persuade anyone who recognizes that the arguments for the neocortical definition of death depend on the doctrine of brain essentialism, a doctrine Kaczor so emphatically rejects.

For my money, the best part of the book is the sixth chapter. First, he appeals to the argument that since there are no other ethically relevant differences between ourselves and younger humans, and since we have the right to life, all human beings have the right yhe life. There are many other illustrations and thought experiments that I had never seen before.


Request removal from index. Are we being inconsistent? Abortion, Society, and the Law. Murphy – – Journal of Medical Ethics 11 2: It is very current, scholarly, and detailed. Feminist Ethics in Normative Ethics.

“The Ethics of Abortion: Women’s Rights, Human Life, and the Question o” by Christopher Kaczor

An excellent choice for those who have heard pro-choice arguments and are not sure how to address them. The trouble with this move is that either this orientation is entirely a matter of the genetics that make us members of the human species or it is not.

The Ethics of Abortion critically evaluates all the major grounds for denying fetal personhood, including the views of those who defend not only abortion but also infanticide. In Defense of Eating Meat. These accounts are given in psychological terms and are intended to include in the class of persons human beings after the time of infancy and to exclude human beings prior to birth.

Is Abortion a Question of Personal Morality? If this is so, then it seems to follow that the biological property of being a member of our species has no moral significance whatsoever, unless we equivocate on some notion like ‘truly human’.


Kaczor defends the pro-life position from all angles in this thorough and well-written work. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Mathew Lu – – Kaczr Life Review 39 1: Kaczor is certainly systematic and rigorous. It is a good introduction for anyone who wishes to read a serious and thoughtful account of all of the various serious philosophical views that support the right to abortion.

Two of Kaczor’s analyses are especially important. This point can be put in the following way. I would strongly encourage anyone who is interested in the subject to read it and to study it.


Added to PP index Total downloads 8, of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 47 8, of 2, How can I increase my downloads? Buy the selected items together This item: He endeavors to take to heart the values and concerns of his opponents, maintaining an evenhanded tone throughout the discussion.

Richard Schoenig – – Philosophy in the Contemporary World 5 1: Request removal from index. Eyhics book also critiques the view that abortion is not wrong even if the human fetus is a person. Chrisfopher the most thorough set of arguments from both sides I’ve ever read. He attempts to provide a systematic defense against arguments in favor of abortion, and overall it’s a pleasure to read.

Therefore, the human genetics criterion divorces Kaczor’s criterion of the right to life from the fact that as humans we typically value freedom and reason. We can distinguish between those who are directly and ethicw who are indirectly rational animals.

It was agortion very interesting read, and a concept that I hadn’t given much thought to before.

Showing of 9 reviews. It deserves careful study. Nevertheless, it does imply that the major premise of the syllogism that Christohper endorses as the basis for his view should be rejected.

Christopher Kaczor Loyola Marymount University.