The Epistemic Argument Against Abortion (2008)
The abortion controversy is nothing new in our contemporary culture. And additional debates about bioengineering and genetic manipulation in utero only fuel the discussions originally perpetuated by this controversy. ... [M]y objective in this article is to supplement this controversial discussion on personhood (since much ink has already been spilled on it) and, instead, present an argument against abortion on demand that does not depend on the ontological status of the unborn. The benefit of this argument should be obvious – that the immorality of abortion on demand does not necessarily depend on fetal personhood.
Thomas Hobbes and the Psychological Egoist Motif
This essay concentrates
on the moral system of renown political theorist and philosopher Thomas Hobbes.
In this paper I discuss Hobbes' view of morality as it is understood by some
and I defend two major contentions suggesting psychological egoism as the best
interpretation of the Hobbesian moral view. For the sake of clarity and order,
I present Hobbes' metaphysical world view first followed by his moral viewpoint.
Following an understanding of Hobbes' world view, a two-stage argument is given
to determine why such a world view is sustainable in the Leviathan
to Brian McKinley on Abortion in the Bible
A self-proclaimed Christian "pro-choice" advocate
attacks the position of the pro-life movement and considers it the result of
negligent and naive Christianity. I respond to McKinley's article and explain
how the pro-life position enjoys a variety of biblical support and that anti-abortion
is the preferred model in Holy Writ.
----------(For McKinley's original work see: http://elroy.net/ehr/abortion.html)
Immanuel Kant and the Categorical Imperative (reviewed by
Dr. Cyrill Pasterk)
Many philosophers of ethics prefer the objective ethics as taught
by the German philosopher Immanuel Kant. When we see how Kant's system implies
the assumption of the Categorical Imperative in order to substantiate the objective
nature of ethical decision-making, there appears to be a foundationless network
created in the absence of God as the source of moral values. Without God, there
can be no objective moral values.
The Stratospheric Ozone
Debate (1994 - reviewed by Dr. Francis J. Beckwith)
In the wake of the proposed "Montreal Protocol", the
standard of living for Americans is being jeopardized. Understanding that if
certain lifestyles truly threaten human existence, then we ought to take action.
But evidence for the depletion of the o-zone layer is weak. More importantly,
even in light of this evidence, o-zone depletion advocates maintain that action
ought to be taken regardless of the real threat (supposing that even a potential
threat exists). But is this a real concern or just another political attempt
at gaining control of the American lifestyle? This essay promotes the latter
explanation as the most evident.
What Price Tolerance? Evidence from Hinduism and Mohandas
K. Gandhi that Tolerance has its Limits (Reviewed by Dr. Satish Sharma;
Co-authored with Mario DelaRosa, this work is the combined efforts
of a Christian and a Continental philosopher who agree that India's champion
of civil rights, Mahatma Gandhi, has inscribed beliefs contradictory to basic
Hinduism's notion of absolute Tolerance. This essay shows that, for Gandhi,
tolerance itself has its limits. Therefore, Western philosophers should not
be so quick as to parade Ethical Relativism as the product of an enlightened
Eastern culture in such a way as to misconstrue Hinduism's popular advocate
that tolerance is to be implemented at the expense of objective beliefs about
morality and religion.