of Abortion" After Forty Years
A Critical Appreciation
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Abortion," revolutionized the philosophical debate on the subject
by arguing that abortion is morally permissible even if the fetus is
assumed to have the same right to life as a typical adult human being.
Since its publication in 1971, it has become one of the most
widely taught, widely reprinted and widely discussed papers in
contemporary moral philosophy. To mark the fortieth anniversary
of its initial publication, this special symposium will bring three of
Thomson's most influential critics together for an evening of criticism
and appreciation moderated by one of Thomson's most influential
defenders. The discussion, which is open to members of the
general public, will be aimed at academics and non-academics alike, and
will not assume previous familiarity with Thomson's argument.
Audience participation will be encouraged.
Francis Beckwith (Baylor University)
John Martin Fischer (University of Caliornia, Riverside)
Don Marquis (University of Kansas)
About the speakers:
Beckwith is Professor of Philosophy & Church-State Studies at
Professor Beckwith's publications include Defending Life: A
Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice (Cambridge
University Press, 2007)
Fischer is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the
University of California, Riverside.
Professor Fischer's publications include "Abortion,
Autonomy, and Control Over One's Body" (Social Philosophy and Policy, 2003)
is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Kansas.
Professor Marquis's publications include "Why
Abortion is Immoral" (Journal of
About the moderator:
David Boonin is
Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado.
Professor Boonin's publications include A Defense of Abortion (Cambridge
University Press, 2003).
by funding from the Kayden Fund at the
University of Colorado and the Society for Applied Philosophy.
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