Aquinas on the Beginning and End of Human Life

2014.06.31 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Fabrizio Amerini, Aquinas on the Beginning and End of Human Life, Mark Henninger (tr.), Harvard University Press, 2013, 260pp.,
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2014.06.31 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Fabrizio Amerini, Aquinas on the Beginning and End of Human Life, Mark Henninger (tr.), Harvard University Press, 2013, 260pp., $29.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780674072473. Reviewed by Christina Van Dyke, Calvin College The publication of this book created a bit of a stir -- one restricted largely to the world of medieval metaphysics and Thomistic studies, perhaps, but a stir nonetheless. The reason for this was two-fold. First, in this book, Fabrizio Amerini explicitly addresses Thomas Aquinas's embryology in the context of the Catholic Church's current teachings on abortion and the beginning of human life.[1] Second, Amerini avoids the easy answers in this polarized debate; his discussion is highly nuanced, exhaustively researched, and provides a sympathetic reading of both Aquinas's texts and contemporary Catholic teachings. Although I suspect the book will prove inaccessible to the non-specialist and fail to. . .

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