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Body-Self Dualism in Contemporary Ethics and Politics

by Patrick Lee, Robert P. George

Body-Self Dualism in Contemporary Ethics and Politics Synopsis

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.

Body-Self Dualism in Contemporary Ethics and Politics Press Reviews

Robert P. George... is this country's most influential conservative Christian thinker. -David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times This new book by Lee and George promises to be a book of singular importance and standing-a book whose arguments would have to be addressed by anyone seriously entering the discussions in this field. Lee and George address the most contentious issues in our politics-- euthanasia, abortion, hedonism, same-sex marriage, homosexuality-- yet they move with scrupulous fairness to give an accurate account of arguments 'on the other side,' and meet those arguments directly and fully. Hadley Arkes, Amherst College Body-Self Dualism in Contemporary Ethics and Politics is a rigorous, bold defense of the biological, material unity and value of persons. Lee and George vigorously challenge competing accounts in philosophy of mind and personal identity, and then employ their unified theory of human nature to confront contemporary treatments of reproduction, sexual ethics, and other matters of practical moral concern. This book defends some controversial, 'conservative' values with systematic, clear arguments; it deserves a wide readership. Charles Taliaferro, St. Olaf's College The greatest interest lies in the detail of the argument and the way in which it illuminates the familiar while also producing unexpected insights and leading to a noble and convincing conception of human beings as at once living animals, intellectual subjects, and moral and spiritual beings...it will aid the much needed challenge to prevailing orthodoxies -First Things

Book Information

ISBN: 9780521124195
Publication date: 14th September 2009
Author: Patrick Lee, Robert P. George
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 234 pages
Categories: Political science & theory, Social & political philosophy, Ethics & moral philosophy, Bio-ethics,

About Patrick Lee, Robert P. George

Patrick Lee is Director of the Bioethics Institute and Professor of Bioethics at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is the author of Abortion and Unborn Human Life (1996), and his articles and review essays have appeared in American Journal of Jurisprudence, Bioethics, Faith and Philosophy, Philosophy, The Thomist, International Philosophical Quarterly, and other scholarly journals, as well as popular journals and online magazines. Robert P. George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He is a member of the President's Council on Bioethics and the Council of Foreign ...

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