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Liberalism's Troubled Search for Equality: Religion and Cultural Bias in the Oregon Physician-Assisted Suicide Debates Paperback – February 28, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0268032678 ISBN-10: 026803267X Edition: 1st

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"In this engrossing study of debates over physician-assisted suicide, Jones has issued a challenge to liberals. The old idea that liberalism is morally neutral and culturally unbiased will have to be discarded. But in doing so, liberals just may find allies among religious and other voices fighting for equality." —Amy Sullivan, The Washington Monthly

“Examining the legal debates surrounding Oregon's Death with Dignity Act, [Jones] argues that liberal theorists such as Ronald Dworkin, whom he otherwise admires, are wrong to weigh in on the side of physician-assisted suicide. The cause of their error, he argues, is a failure to recognize the cultural biases that help socially determine suicide choices. This failure is connected with a failure to fully articulate the commitment to egalitarianism suggested by Dworkin's own conception of 'equality of resources.'” —SciTech Book News, September 1, 2007

“Focuses on the writings of Ronald Dworkin and John Rawls in a critique of liberal egalitarian philosophers’ support for physician-assisted suicide; argues that liberal philosophers should oppose the practice, at least until access to health care is assured for all.” —The Chronicle of Higher Education

About the Author

Robert P. Jones is director and senior fellow at the Center for American Values in Public Life, People for the American Way Foundation.

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Dr. Robert P. Jones is the founding CEO of Public Religion Research Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and education organization specializing in work at the intersection of religion, values, and public life. He is the author two academic books and numerous peer-review articles on religion and public policy.

Dr. Jones is one of six members of the national steering committee for the Religion and Politics Section at the American Academy of Religion and serves on the editorial board for the journal "Religion and Politics," a journal of the American Political Science Association. He is also an active member of the Society of Christian Ethics and the American Association of Public Opinion Research. Before founding PRRI, Dr. Jones worked as a senior research fellow at several think tanks in Washington, DC, and was assistant professor of religious studies at Missouri State University. Dr. Jones's work is frequently featured in major national media, including ABC News, NPR's "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered," Newsweek, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Nation, and others.

A native of the South, Dr. Jones received his Ph.D. in Religion from Emory University with a specialization in social ethics and politics. He also holds an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a B.A. from Mississippi College.

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