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Aquinas on the Beginning and End of Human Life

Aquinas on the Beginning and End of Human Life

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Hardcover, Harvard Univ Pr, 2013, ISBN13 9780674072473, ISBN10 0674072472
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Hardcover, Harvard Univ Pr, 2013, ISBN13 9780674072473, ISBN10 0674072472

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Hardcover, Harvard Univ Pr, 2013, ISBN13 9780674072473, ISBN10 0674072472

In 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, not 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 renowned scholar of medieval philosophy--does justice to Aquinas's views on these controversial issues.

Some pro-life proponents hold that Aquinas's position is simply due to faulty biological knowledge, and if he knew what we know today about embryology, he would agree that human life begins at conception. Others argue that nothing Aquinas could learn from modern biology would have changed his mind. Amerini follows the twists and turns of Aquinas's 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's 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 noted scholar of medieval philosophy.

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Number of Pages: 260
Original Languages: English
Author: Amerini, Fabrizio ,  Henninger, Mark
Book Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Harvard Univ Pr
Publication Date: June, 2013
ISBN-13: 9780674072473
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 6.50 x 9.50 x 1.00 Inches
ISBN-10: 0674072472
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