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Ethics at the Beginning of Life: A phenomenological critique

James Mumford


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. This book draws upon the branch of Continental philosophy, which is phenomenology, 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. It 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 ... More

Keywords: phenomenology, ethics, abortion, human rights, Continental philosophy, liberalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199673964
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673964.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Mumford, author
Formerly University of Oxford