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Abortion Rights
For and Against

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Kate Greasley, Christopher Kaczor
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  • Date Published: November 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316621851

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  • This book features opening arguments followed by two rounds of reply between two moral philosophers on opposing sides of the abortion debate. In the opening essays, Kate Greasley and Christopher Kaczor lay out what they take to be the best case for and against abortion rights. In the ensuing dialogue, they engage with each other's arguments and each responds to criticisms fielded by the other. Their conversational argument explores such fundamental questions as: what gives a person the right to life? Is abortion bad for women? What is the difference between abortion and infanticide? Underpinned by philosophical reasoning and methodology, this book provides opposing and clearly structured perspectives on a highly emotive and controversial issue. The result gives readers a window into how moral philosophers argue about the contentious issue of abortion rights, and an in-depth analysis of the compelling arguments on both sides.

    • Structured like a debate, with each philosopher presenting an opening argument before responding in turn to the other, engaging critically with each other's reasoning
    • Presents strong cases both for and against abortion rights, discussing contentious but important issues including the right to life and women's rights
    • Features sustained dialogue which acknowledges points of common ground, facilitating a fuller and more in-depth debate
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This book is the cure for arguments all too often relying upon ad hominem attacks, false premises, bad data and incompleteness. It is also necessary preparation for intelligently grappling with the complex set of arguments about abortion accumulated over more than half a century.' Helen Alvaré, George Mason University, Virginia

    'This splendid book offers a carefully reasoned debate about the morality of abortion by first-rate philosophers whose views are strongly opposed but who present their arguments and engage with those of the other in a civil, respectful manner. Their clear and accessible discussions do not require any training in philosophy. Those in search of authoritative guidance through the relevant moral issues and arguments, with attention to both secular and theologically-influenced perspectives, will find all they are looking for here.' Jeff McMahan, White’s Professor of Moral Philosophy, University of Oxford

    'A lively, thoughtful, lucid, and sensitive debate on abortion. The great strength of this book is that the two authors, while profoundly disagreeing, discuss the issues respectfully and with a genuine attempt to take the opposing sides of the arguments seriously. As a result we have one of the most sophisticated, and yet accessible, books on the ethics of abortion available. Students and experienced researchers alike will find this an invaluable resource.' Jonathan Herring, University of Oxford

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316621851
    • length: 266 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 151 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.38kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. In defense of abortion Rights Kate Greasley
    2. Abortion as human rights violation Christopher Kaczor
    3. A reply to Kaczor Kate Greasley
    4. A reply to 'in defense of abortion rights' Christopher Kaczor
    5. A short reply to the reply Kate Greasley
    6. A short reply to Greasley Christopher Kaczor.

  • Authors

    Kate Greasley, University College London
    Kate Greasley is a Lecturer in Law at University College London. She is the author of Arguments About Abortion: Personhood, Morality, and Law (2017).

    Christopher Kaczor, Loyola Marymount University, California
    Christopher Kaczor is Professor of Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University, California. His publications include A Defense of Dignity (2013) and The Ethics of Abortion (2nd edition, 2015).


    Kate Greasley, Christopher Kaczor

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