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Abortion, Sex, and the Limits of Morality

Posted by luno in motherhood, philosophy and sex, abortion, sex differences, male criminality, Moral Theory (Saturday June 30, 2012 at 8:43 pm)
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A Lecture
Bianco Luno
Editor’s note: Bianco Luno surveys and interprets some of the major philosophical literature on abortion in Part I in preparation for drawing radical lessons for the nature of morality in Part II. Thanks to J. Armstrong, Gene L., and O. Dresher for reading, discussion, and corrections. —Victor Muñoz
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Introduction
The topic
I want to talk […]

Abortion, Sex, and the Limits of Morality - Part I

Posted by luno in philosophy and sex, motherhood, abortion, sex differences (Saturday June 30, 2012 at 8:43 pm)
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A survey of important opinions
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The classic case against abortion
The traditional view goes roughly like this:

It is wrong to destroy a person.
A fetus is a person.
Therefore, it is wrong to destroy a fetus.8

8. I won’t rehearse this argument in detail here except to say that the first premise is one that could only have occurred […]

Abortion, Sex, and the Limits of Morality - Part II

Lessons for moral theory taken from the morality of abortion
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Utility and women
In the realm of ethics, the notion of rights is little more than three centuries old, that of utility less, that of virtue two millenia. But that of care we must assume is pre-historic.
There seem to be very few utilitarian philosophers who are women. […]

An affair of honor and the darkness of hell

Posted by luno in motherhood, philosophy and sex, abortion, sex differences, Utilitarianism, Deontology, Kant (Thursday December 21, 2006 at 12:41 pm)
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Notes on Immanuel Kant, The Philosophy of Law (1796)
There are, however, two crimes worthy of death, in respect of which it still remains doubtful whether the Legislature have the Right to deal with them capitally.
And since they cannot be dealt with “capitally,” they cannot, on Kantian terms, quite be seen as murder.
It is the sentiment […]

none of his business

Posted by luno in motherhood, animals, female criminality, abortion, Deontology, sex differences, male criminality (Friday September 1, 2006 at 1:47 pm)
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Notes on:
Michael Tooley, “Abortion and Infanticide.”
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I do not share the general pessimism about the possibility of resolving the issue of abortion and infanticide because I believe it is possible to point to a very plausible moral principle dealing with the question of necessary conditions for something’s having a right to life, where the conditions in […]

“Freedom and Fecundity”

Posted by luno in parity, de Beauvoir, motherhood, abortion, sex differences, feminism (Monday August 7, 2006 at 1:37 pm)
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Notes on:
Sylviane Agacinski, Parity of the Sexes.
[Agacinski, in this chapter, critiques Simone de Beauvoir. She does so, in our view, with considerable accuracy. Beauvoir is complicit, like J. S. Mill before her and many since (Susan Miller Okin, in particular, here, since Agacinski mentions her by name), in buying into a central doctrine that has, […]

Sacred purview and insistence

Posted by luno in philosophy and sex, abortion, sex differences, Moral Theory (Saturday April 22, 2006 at 2:26 pm)
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Notes on: Mary Anne Warren, “On the Moral and Legal Status of Abortion”

Note 37: Abortion, infanticide, and inner children

Posted by luno in motherhood, female criminality, abortion, Weininger, General (Monday October 3, 2005 at 4:28 pm)
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Weininger writes:
Nonetheless, every man evaluates somehow or other each of his traits, even each of his morally indifferent character traits…. The omen of this evaluation, I now believe, determines, even essentially decides, the tone of a person’s inner life. To be sure, it is only the man, not the woman, who has an inner […]

The thirteenth shot…

Posted by luno in Lispector, motherhood, abortion, capital punishment, male criminality (Friday August 26, 2005 at 3:01 pm)
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What is wrong with avenging justice?

Mommy has a license to kill, Kant said so

Posted by luno in abortion, Hobbes, female criminality, capital punishment, marriage, Kant, Deontology, sex differences, Weininger (Monday August 22, 2005 at 1:20 pm)
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Why mother’s may kill, but governments may not…

 
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