Ethics at the Beginning of Life Paperback

A Phenomenological Critique

by James Mumford;

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Ethics at the Beginning of Life

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Many of the most controversial moral decisions we face hinge upon competing descriptions of life, and never is this truer than at the beginning of life. James Mumford draws upon phenomenology (a branch of continental philosophy) to question the descriptive adequacy, the essential 'purchase upon reality', of many of the approaches, attitudes and arguments which make up beginning of life ethics today. He argues that many of the most prevalent positions and practices in our late modern culture have simply failed to take into account the reality of human emergence, the particular way that new members of our species first appear in the world. Historically, phenomenologists have been far more interested in death than in birth. Mumford therefore first develops his own phenomenological investigation of human emergence, taking leads and developing approaches from phenomenologists both French and German, both living and dead.
In the second half of the book phenomenology is finally applied to ethics, and acute moral questions are divided into two kinds: first those concerning 'what' it is that we are dealing; and, secondly, the more contextual 'where' questions relating to the situation in which the subject is found. Finally, although this book primarily constitutes a philosophical rather than a religious critique of contemporary ethics, with the findings from continental philosophy being brought to bear upon core convictions of English-speaking 'liberal' moral and political philosophers, Mumford concludes by exploring an alternative theological basis for human rights which might fill the vacuum created.

Ethics at the Beginning of Life by James Mumford was published by Oxford University Press in June 2015. The ISBN for Ethics at the Beginning of Life is 9780198745051.

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Details for Ethics at the Beginning of Life

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherOxford University Press (June 2015)
Number of Pages240
Thickness13 mm
Height217 mm
Width140 mm
Product Code4321362
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