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- DescriptionIn contemporary discussions of abortion, both sides argue well-worn positions, particularly concerning the question, When does human life begin? Though often invoked by the Catholic Church for support, Thomas Aquinas in fact held that human life begins after conception, t at the moment of union. But his overall thinking on questions of how humans come into being, and cease to be, is more subtle than either side in this polarized debate imagines. Fabrizio Amerini--an internationally-rewned scholar of medieval philosophy--does justice to Aquinas' views on these controversial issues. Some pro-life proponents hold that Aquinas' position is simply due to faulty biological kwledge, and if he knew what we kw today about embryology, he would agree that human life begins at conception. Others argue that thing Aquinas could learn from modern biology would have changed his mind. Amerini follows the twists and turns of Aquinas' thinking to reach a nuanced and detailed solution in the final chapters that will unsettle familiar assumptions and arguments. Systematically examining all the pertinent texts and placing each in historical context, Amerini provides an accurate reconstruction of Aquinas' account of the beginning and end of human life and assesses its bioethical implications for today. This major contribution is available to an English-speaking audience through translation by Mark Henninger, himself a ted scholar of medieval philosophy.
- Author BiographyFabrizio Amerini is Professor in the Department of Classics, Languages, Education, and Philosophy at the University of Parma. Mark Henninger is Professor of Philosophy and Martin Chair of Medieval Philosophy at Georgetown University.
- Author(s)Fabrizio Amerini
- PublisherHarvard University Press
- Date of Publication14/06/2013
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintHarvard University Press
- Weight544 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Translated byMark Henninger
- Format DetailsWith printed dust jacket
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