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The Fetal Position: A Rational Approach to the Abortion Issue

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Publisher Comments:

Is it wrong for a woman to have an abortion or for society at large to allow abortions? Conversely, does a woman have a moral right to terminate her pregnancy? Fundamental moral questions such as these are at the heart of the abortion debate. In this unique approach to one of the most contentious and emotionally charged issues of our day, the author argues that philosophy provides the ideal neutral forum for considering the soundness of both sides of the abortion debate. Unlike most books on abortion, this one takes neither a pro-life nor a pro-choice stance. Rather, using philosophical methodology, the author carefully scrutinizes the commonly voiced arguments for and against abortion with the aim of assessing them from a position that is as unbiased as possible. The author argues that since philosophy involves questioning our most basic assumptions and does not assume any one particular worldview, it is best equipped to provide objective clarity to the debate. The book considers all the hot-button issues, including:

-What is life? Theories of the soul vs. the naturalistic, biological concept of life

-The implications of the fact that life begins at conception

-Responsibility and how each side of the debate defines the term differently

-The status of the fetus as a potential person

-The application of the Golden Rule to the debate

-The question of the womans bodily integrity vs. the fetuss right to life

-Assessing the consequences of abortion (with reference to utilitarianism)

-How our attitudes on abortion reflect our character (with reference to virtue ethics)

Whether you are pro-life or pro-choice, and especially if you are undecided, this thoughtful, clearly presented treatment of an important, controversial topic will prove enlightening.

Book News Annotation:

For Americans whose views lie somewhere in the middle of the abortion debate, Meyers (philosophy and religion, U. of Southern Mississippi) argues that philosophy provides a neutral forum for considering both sides. He takes neither side but instead uses philosophical methods to investigate the common arguments for and against abortion, assess them from an unbiased position, and show that emotional issues can be considered rationally. He argues that since philosophy involves questioning basic assumptions and does not assume any specific worldview, it can provide objective clarity. Among the questions he examines are the definitions of life and the soul, the implications of the idea that life begins at conception, responsibility and how each side of the debate defines the term differently, the status of the fetus as a potential person, the application of the golden rule, the question of the woman's bodily integrity vs. the fetus's right to life, assessing the consequences of abortion, and how attitudes about it reflect character, looking for flaws in arguments, judging the morality of abortion on the basis of the better arguments, and allowing readers to use critical thinking to make up their own minds. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Taking neither a pro-life nor a pro-choice stance, rather, using philosophical methodology, Meyers carefully scrutinizes the commonly voiced arguments for and against abortion with the aim of assessing them from a position that is as unbiased as possible.

About the Author

Chris Meyers (Hattiesburg, MS) holds a doctorate in philosophy from Loyola University, Chicago, and is an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has published articles in ethical theory and applied ethics in Philosophical Studies, Journal of Social Philosophy, and Social Theory & Practice, among other journals.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781591027683
Author:
Meyers, Chris
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Subject:
Abortion & Birth Control
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Sociology-Abortion and Birth Control
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
9.48x5.84x.57 in. .53 lbs.

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Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Abortion
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