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Life Arts    H4'ed 3/22/12

Jonathan Haidt on the Righteous Mind, and the Catholic Anti-Abortion Crusade (REVIEW ESSAY)

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In his book RENDER UNTO DARWIN: PHILOSOPHICAL ASPECTS OF THE CHRISTIAN RIGHT'S CRUSADE AGAINST SCIENCE (2007), James H. Fetzer works with deontological moral theory to work out his position regarding legalized abortion (pages 95-120). In other chapters of this book, Fetzer does engage in forms of argumentation in which the arguments advanced by the Christian right regarding evolutionary theory are joined and debated in pro-and-con debate.

 

In conclusion, if you have no prior commitment to a tradition of moral theory, you might find Haidt's book interesting, but I would encourage you to read other books as well such as the books I've mentioned above. However, if you have a commitment to a tradition of moral theory, you might find Haidt's book stimulating and perhaps even thought provoking in places, but you might also figure out ways to criticize it in places.

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Thomas James Farrell is professor emeritus of writing studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). He started teaching at UMD in Fall 1987, and he retired from UMD at the end of May 2009. He was born in 1944. He holds three degrees from Saint Louis University (SLU): B.A. in English, 1966; M.A.(T) in English 1968; Ph.D.in higher education, 1974. On May 16, 1969, the editors of the SLU student newspaper named him Man of the Year, an honor customarily conferred on an administrator or a faculty member, not on a graduate student -- nor on a woman up to that time. He is the proud author of the book (more...)
 

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