Ethics at the Beginning of Life: A Phenomenological Critique

2014.06.35 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews James Mumford, Ethics at the Beginning of Life: A Phenomenological Critique, Oxford University Press, 2013, 212pp., $110.00
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2014.06.35 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews James Mumford, Ethics at the Beginning of Life: A Phenomenological Critique, Oxford University Press, 2013, 212pp., $110.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199673964. Reviewed by Paolo Monti, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Ethical concerns surrounding the first stages of human life are among the most debated issues in moral philosophy, to the point of being, in the perception of the wider public, a paradigm of our deepest unresolved cultural disagreements, particularly between secular and religious perspectives. James Mumford seems both well aware of and substantially dissatisfied with the state of this debate, and it is not difficult for the reader to share his intent to deal with the subject while trying to move beyond the stale, fruitless features of the intellectual contraposition that surrounds it. While Mumford's views are not presented as 'neutral' and the book appears in the Oxford University Press series on. . .

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