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Author Coope, Christopher.

Title Worth and welfare in the controversy over abortion [electronic resource] / Christopher Coope.

Published Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.

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Physical description 360 p.
Notes Ebook.
Originally published in: 2006.
Contents Preface PART I: INTRODUCTORY PART II: WORTH PART III: RIGHTS AND INTERESTS PART IV: ARGUING ABOUT INTERESTS PART V: THE IDEA OF A RIGHT TO LIFE Notes Index.
File type Document
Summary This book addresses the controversy over abortion. Covering interesting topics, including the claim that certain items (paintings, people) have 'intrinsic value' and should not be destroyed; the thought that young human beings do not have a good of their own; and the question whether the objection to murder turns on the violation of right to life. People still cannot agree about abortion. But partial agreement could still be useful. This book does not attempt to answer all the problems, but simply to remove certain obstacles. We first ask whether every human being has a kind of value, where the presence of such value would provide a reason why it is wrong to kill. We then consider the contention that a human being can be too undeveloped to have a right to life, a contention based on the thought that at that time it would have no good of its own. It is argued here that every organism has such a good. Lastly, we take up the fruitful, but ultimately unsatisfactory idea that there are two independent reasons, incidentals apart, for objecting to the murder of an adult: that an adult human has a value and a right. It is argued that these are best seen as two aspects of a single objection, relevant alike in regard to the killing of any human being.
'This is an issue that most people do not wish to discuss...The debate is not much better at an academic level where the issues are often addressed to audiences who have already decided the matter and are looking only for high-calibre ammunition. In the context of this dearth of quality discussion about abortion, Christopher Coope's book is exceptional...This is not an easy book, but it opens up a significant avenue of philosophical reflection on an issue where rational progress has been sadly lacking.' - The Tablet.
System notes Adobe Ebook Reader.
History notes CHRISTOPHER COOPE is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Leeds, UK. He has published in numerous academic journals on issues of and justice and medical ethics.
Subject Ethical issues: abortion & birth control.
Society.
ISBN 9780230509139 : 涮70
0230509134 : 涮70