Monday, August 24, 2015

An important new blog on moral and social issues

My friend, David Boonin, a philosopher at the University of Colorado (where he also serves as the department chair), has recently put together a philosophically serious blog, What's Wrong?. Self-identified as "the not quite official blog of cu-boulder's center for values and social policy," it includes on its advisory board not only your truly but also Elizabeth Brake (Arizona State), John Corvino (Wayne State), Robert George (Princeton), Dale Jamieson (NYU), Christopher Kaczor (Loyola Marymount), Jan Narveson (Waterloo), Nancy Sherman (Georgetown), and Bonnie Steinbock (SUNY Albany).

Although David and I sometimes find ourselves on opposite sides on a variety of social and moral questions (e.g., abortion), I have great respect for his intellect as well as his careful and rigorous manner of argument. I am confident that this blog will prove to be an important place at which philosophers from differing perspectives can dialogue with one another.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Serious work on abortion by female prolife scholars

In my previous post, I listed and linked to six books author by prolife authors, only one of which was not a college or university professor.   It was brought to my attention by writer Sara Pulliam Baily that none of the authors are women. She writes on twitter:

To which I replied:

Although I know quite a few female prolife academics (and non-university affiliated scholars)--some of whom I count as close and dear friends--most of them have not written or published on the issue of abortion. The ones that have done so have not published the sorts of general defenses of the prolife position as have their male counterparts, such as those listed in my prior post. Rather, they have focused on specific arguments and questions.  Here is a modest list of such works, as I promised Sarah I would publish on this blog:

Monday, August 3, 2015

Why do prolifers believe that pre-born human beings are one of us?:Some resources

Given the recent discussions about Planned Parenthood's alleged selling of fetal parts and organs, and the outrage and responses that have ensued, it's important to remind ourselves that opponents of abortion, that is, prolifers, have offered a strong case for their position. It is a case that is almost unanimously ignored by the mainstream media as well as online outlets (e.g, Slate, Salon, Huffington Post, Media Matters, etc.) that seem more gifted at issuing rhetorical flourishes rather than assessing sophisticated arguments critical of their point of view.  What follows are some of the books that make this case.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Important article on understanding fetal tissue research by Biola's Scott B. Rae

imageServletWith all the attention on the Planned Parenthood videos produced by the Center for Medical Progress, it's important that both critics and supporters become better acquainted with the case against the research and medical use of organs and parts procured from dead fetuses resulting from elective abortions. Although published over 20 years ago in Christian Research Journal (Fall 1991), I highly recommend Scott B. Rae's article, "Spare Parts from the Unborn: The Ethics of Fetal Tissue Transplantation?  (You can get it here). In fact, I liked it so much, I included it in my anthology, Do the Right Thing: Readings in Applied Ethics and Social Philosophy, 2/e (Wadsworth Publishing, 2002). I placed Scott's article directly following one taking an opposing view, "Rights, Symbolism, and Public Policy in Fetal Tissue Transplants,which was authored by John A. Robertson and originally published in the Hastings Center Report in 1988.

For those who may not know Scott B. Rae, he is Professor of Christian Ethics and Dean of the Faculty at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University.

Scott's article is definitely worth reading. Again, you can find it here.