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The Unaborted Socrates: A Dramatic Debate on the Issues Surrounding Abortion Paperback – August 13, 1983
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The format is three discussions led by Socorates with three groups of people. The first is with a Dr. Rex Herrod (King Herrod) held in a hospital in Athens in the present time. The second is again with Dr. Rex but also with his friend, a philosopher, Professor Atilla Tarian (Atilla the Hun) who is an ethicist, and it is held at a Philosophy convention. The final is in a Psychiatric ward with "Pop" Syke, (Pop Psychology) the psychologist.
Each debate is written as a mini morality play, like those of classical Greek plays. Each is written as a dialogue and written somewhat tongue in cheek, filled with puns and word plays.
This book was not an easy read, in that the material it deals with is very difficult and very controversial. It raises many questions that most people on both sides of the abortion debate probably do not think about. It is easy to read in that it was written in an easy style and flows nicely.
The main focus of all three debates is when does life begin, and who will speak for the most helpless, the unborn. This is a tough read but one that will not leave the reader unchanged.
Socrates- your typical gadfly
Rex Herod- an abortion doctor
Atila Tarian-a utilitarian philosopher who is pro-choice
Pop Syke- a psychologist that tries to discredit Socrates via psychoanalysis
1) I am by no means a feminist like some other critics, but I agree that having a woman in this dialogue would be appropriate. In fact, as Kreeft mentions in the book, that men tend to be more pro-choice than women. Most, if not all of the active pro-lifers I know are women! So having a woman here could really only strengthen the argument. Also, just for fairness, adding a pro-choice woman might help.
2) This is just one issue, where try as we might, logic often breaks down. Emotions and subjectivity always enter the discussion, despite our loftiest philosophical intentions.
1) I think it defines the real heart of the issue well: Either you believe that a fetus constitutes human life or you do not. Women's rights are important, and women do have the right to go through with this procedure in most countries; what critics must understand is that the morality, and not legality, of this action is the premise of the book.
2) A spinoff of 1, the book demonstrates that morality and legality are not the exact same thing in our country, yet suggests that in a more idealistic sense they probably should be.Read more ›
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Excellent book to boil down the abortion debate to its central question: What is the unborn?Published 1 month ago by Crystallane Swift
It's was a good view of what people think about abortion and also a good lesson to question your view on what you believe it was also very well written and is one of my favorite... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
This, in my opinion, is an excellent work. Even if you don't agree with the conclusions reached here, it still is a good, logical work. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Erich L
Professor Peter Kreeft presents the arguments on both sides of the abortion debate through the interaction of Socrates with 3 pro-choice advocates, one an abortion doctor, another... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Studge
I bought this book for a college class I'm taking in Bio-ethics. To be quite frank, it was hard for me to follow and rather boring for my likings. I read it because I had to. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Redeemed1
Nice work....only point in book I thought lacked was the evidence/rationale as to whether the Fetus is human (It is human). Could have made a stronger case. Read morePublished 16 months ago by The Guardian
It is a very good book, not only because I sympathise deeply with its prolife stance, but because it is clear, humorous and free from some of the prejudices and taboos of our... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Juan Campos Calvo Sotelo
I first stumbled on this gem in the mid 80s at Calvin College. It was right around the time my firstborn was conceived thus my keen interest in the topic. Read morePublished on July 25, 2013 by Fred Hayward