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ISBN-13: 978-0195308952 ISBN-10: 0195308956

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  • Series: Point/Counterpoint (Oxford)
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (January 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195308956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195308952
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Here, four distinguished philosophers cross words, and often wires, in discussing the ethics of abortion. Crossed swords and crossed wires both generate sparks. The result is an intellectual firework display that should not be missed. Charles Foster, Contemporary Review

About the Author

Michael Tooley is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Celia Wolf-Devine is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Stonehill College. Philllip E. Devine is Professor of Philosophy at Providence College. Alison Jaggar is Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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Celia Wolf-Devine is a retired philosophy professor. She has a BA from Smith College. Trained in Early Modern Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, she then branched out to do philosophical work on social philosophy,and gender issues (See Sex and Gender: A Spectrum of Views which she edited with Philip Devine). She is something of a maverick who at home neither with red state or blue state culture and tries to think her way through issues carefully and consistently. This makes her feel rather homeless and frustrated in the current world.

Most recently she has felt drawn to write on prayer in a practical sort of way, emerging largely out of her own prayer life rather than in a scholarly or historical way. She has another book in the works, entitled "The Hungry Heart: Reflections on Desire,' and continues to do hard core philosophy -- philosophy of perception -- just to keep her mind active. See her website www.celiawolfdevine.com for more information.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Clayton Littlejohn on March 20, 2011
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I like the structure of the book. The idea was to let three groups represent three takes on the abortion issue and then to let them interact with one another. What I didn't like was the execution. In a volume like this, it's natural to have someone make the case that abortion is impermissible in a wide range of circumstances. The authors charged with this task did a horrible job of doing that. Their arguments didn't have the sophistication of opponents of abortion like Don Marquis. The entry defending the conservative approach was written by a pair of authors who either couldn't or wouldn't honestly engage the entries written by Tooley and by Jaggar. Luckily, Tooley and Jaggar had a chance to respond. They did so by simply quoting themselves and pointing out that Devine and Wolf-Devine took their words out of context in order to attack them. The result is embarrassing. If I were thinking about assigning this text in a class, I think it would be a good idea to skip the section defending the conservative side and read Marquis' classic "Why Abortion is Immoral" instead.

I don't know why this volume was allowed to go to press as it stands. I give it three stars because the other contributors to this volume did a fair job presenting their take on the abortion debate. It's a shame that the volume as it stands doesn't have anyone competently defending the conservative position. (That's not my position, by the way, but it would be nice if the reader could see after reading this text why many say that this is a complicated issue that honest and intelligent people can disagree about.)

If this isn't a text assigned as part of a course and you are looking for a good introduction to the philosophical debate, I would recommend Rosalind Hursthouse's _Virtue Theory and Abortion_.
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