Body-Self Dualism in Contemporary Ethics and Politics (Hardback)
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Body-Self Dualism in Contemporary Ethics and Politics (Hardback)

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Hardback 236 Pages / Published: 05/11/2007
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Profoundly important ethical and political controversies turn on the question of whether biological life is an essential aspect of a human person, or only an extrinsic instrument. Lee and George argue that human beings are physical, animal organisms - albeit essentially rational and free - and examine the implications of this understanding of human beings for some of the most controversial issues in contemporary ethics and politics. The authors argue that human beings are animal organisms and that their personal identity across time consists in the persistence of the animal organisms they are; they also argue that human beings are essentially rational and free and that there is a radical difference between human beings and other animals; criticize hedonism and hedonistic drug-taking; present detailed defenses of the prolife positions on abortion and euthanasia; and defend the traditional moral position on marriage and sexual acts.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521882484
Number of pages: 236
Weight: 520 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Robert P. George... is this country's most influential conservative Christian thinker." -David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times
"This new book by Lee and George promises to be a book of singular importance and standing-a book whose arguments would have to be addressed by anyone seriously entering the discussions in this field. Lee and George address the most contentious issues in our politics-- euthanasia, abortion, hedonism, same-sex marriage, homosexuality-- yet they move with scrupulous fairness to give an accurate account of arguments 'on the other side,' and meet those arguments directly and fully." Hadley Arkes, Amherst College
"Body-Self Dualism in Contemporary Ethics and Politics is a rigorous, bold defense of the biological, material unity and value of persons. Lee and George vigorously challenge competing accounts in philosophy of mind and personal identity, and then employ their unified theory of human nature to confront contemporary treatments of reproduction, sexual ethics, and other matters of practical moral concern. This book defends some controversial, 'conservative' values with systematic, clear arguments; it deserves a wide readership." Charles Taliaferro, St. Olaf's College
"The greatest interest lies in the detail of the argument and the way in which it illuminates the familiar while also producing unexpected insights and leading to a noble and convincing conception of human beings as at once living animals, intellectual subjects, and moral and spiritual beings...it will aid the much needed challenge to prevailing orthodoxies" -First Things

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