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  • Paperback: 177 pages
  • Publisher: Catholic University of America Press; 2 edition (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081321730X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813217307
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #885,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Readers looking for a succinct and narrowly defined philosophical argument against abortion will find this book appealing. Lee expresses the philosophical case against abortion in a simple syllogism on the first page of the book, then asserts that there are only three ways to challenge the argument enshrined in that syllogism. The book consists of extended arguments against each of those three ways. It is useful as a review of the past several decades of philosophical debate on abortion, and it may help readers understand how lines get drawn in such philosophical debate. Steve Schroeder --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Lee is an expert guide through the maze of a sharply contested debate-one with chilling implications for our society. -- Prof. James G. Hanink, Loyola Marymount University --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By DEAN STRETTON on April 20, 1999
Format: Paperback
"Abortion and Unborn Human Life" is quite simply one of the best philosophical defenses of the pro-life position. The book is impressive in its clarity, its complete avoidance of emotional rhetoric, and Lee's willingness to address the most sophisticated pro-choice arguments.
Lee's book will be welcomed mainly by those who are interested in the _philosophical_ issues behind the abortion debate. There are no slogans, no sound-bites, no pictures of thumb-sucking foetuses here -- merely calm, rational argumentation. This is a refreshing change, and it is precisely what the abortion debate generally lacks.
As a pro-choicer, I do think Lee's arguments are flawed. His arguments in favour of foetal personhood are particularly tendentious. Nevertheless, the book presents a formidable challenge to the pro-choice position, and interested parties owe it to themselves to read it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Patrick T. on February 10, 2006
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I have read a number of books on the abortion issue (both pro/con), and this is certainly one of the best philosophical defenses of the pro-life position. Be warned: if you're looking for partisan ranting or emotional appeals--i.e. abortion is wrong because liberals are evil people, or because God said so, or because babies are cute--this is not that book. Purely philosophical. Well thought out, well written. Anyone wishing to discuss this issue beyond simple slogans should read this book. Highly recommended.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on March 21, 2002
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Dr Lee offers devastating criticism of the pro-choice position on abortion. The reviewer below is a sad and tragic example of the poor argumentation that is offered for being pro-choice. While acknowledging that the unborn is a human person, still she calls this person a "parasite", the same chilling term the Nazi propaganda film "The Eternal Jew" used to describe the Jewish population.
One can only wonder how well this reviewer below read Dr. Lee's book, as he discusses abortion in the context of the life of the mother and sees it as justifiable in a sense of non-intentional taking of life based on a principle of double effect.
Additionally, Dr Lee's points would do well to show these sorts of arguments below could be also used to justify infanticide, as all children rely on their parents bodies for "life-support" whether it be through breast feeding, the administering of medicine, etc. Child support laws force parents to make use of their bodies (like go to work and pay money) in ways the dead beat parent may not wish.
Dr Lee does a fine job here of not only refuting this sort of emotional "run of the mill" argument below, but also the more sophisticated philosophical and scientific points brought forward by the pro-choice crowd. Included is a critique of the moral theory known as "consequentialism", a rebuttal of the famous "violinist argument", and a host of other very useful information.
This is one of the top books on the market regarding presenting a persuasive rational argument for the prolife view.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bobby Bambino on April 5, 2011
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This book is about 15 years old and only about 150 pages, but it rivals Beckwith's 2007 book and Kaczor's 2010 book on abortion. Lee does not waste any time. He begins interacting with the top arguments from pro-choicers like Michael Tooley, Peter Singer, Mary Anne Warren, etc. from the very first pages. The arguments from pro-choicers (and pro-infanticide) are carefully laid out using direct quotes from the pro-chociers themselves. After examining and defending their position, Lee refutes it either through sound reasoning or providing counterexamples. There is a chapter that looks at all the personhood theories, infanticide, bodily rights, and consequentialism among others.

If you are looking for a short read that deals with and refutes the best pro-choice arguments out there, this is the book to read. Beckwith and Kaczor are more thorough, but this book is on the same level of scholarship and sophistication.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J.W. Wartick on November 30, 2010
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There are few ethical topics more controversial than abortion.Finding books on the topic is not very difficult, one needs only to search "abortion" on Amazon to find more than 10,000 results in the books category. Patrick Lee's Abortion & Unborn Human Life (hereafter AUHL) stands out as one of the better pro-life books I have read, despite one major flaw.

AUHL starts with a syllogism:

1) Intentionally killing an innocent person always is morally wrong

2) Abortion is the intentional killing of an innocent person

3) Therefore, abortion is always morally wrong.

The rest of the book (164 pages of content) serves to defend this syllogism.

Chapter one argues against the idea that unborn human beings become persons after birth. Lee's arguments are very good until he starts to argue by going against substance dualism to make his case. I think that this is a major flaw of Patrick Lee's book. Substance dualism serves as a powerful argument against abortion. Not only that, but to argue against substance dualism primarily for the sake of an ethical position doesn't make a lot of sense. Lee does introduces several philosophical arguments against dualism, but they fail to make a sufficient case against the position. This makes the rest of his case seem weaker than it is, had it been bolstered by substance dualism rather than arguing against it. It is really unfortunate, because readers may walk away thinking that the case against humans becoming persons after birth is weaker than it is.

In chapter two, Lee argues against the idea that human beings become persons during gestation. This chapter is particularly strong, and Lee introduces many arguments I hadn't thought about before.
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