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Author Amerini, Fabrizio

Title Aquinas on the beginning and end of human life / Fabrizio Amerini ; translated by Mark Henninger
Published Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, ©2013


Description 1 online resource
Contents General principles of the embryology of Thomas Aquinas -- The nature of the human soul -- The status of the embryo -- Some problems -- The identity of the embryo -- Bioethical implications -- The beginning and end of human life -- The contemporary debate over the hominization of the embryo
Summary "In contemporary discussions of abortion, both sides argue well-worn positions, particularly concerning the question, When does human life begin? Though often invoked by the Catholic Church for support, Thomas Aquinas in fact held that human life begins after conception, not at the moment of union. But his overall thinking on questions of how humans come into being, and cease to be, is more subtle than either side in this polarized debate imagines. Fabrizio Amerini--an internationally-renowned scholar of medieval philosophy--does justice to Aquinas' views on these controversial issues. Some pro-life proponents hold that Aquinas' position is simply due to faulty biological knowledge, and if he knew what we know today about embryology, he would agree that human life begins at conception. Others argue that nothing Aquinas could learn from modern biology would have changed his mind. Amerini follows the twists and turns of Aquinas' thinking to reach a nuanced and detailed solution in the final chapters that will unsettle familiar assumptions and arguments. Systematically examining all the pertinent texts and placing each in historical context, Amerini provides an accurate reconstruction of Aquinas' account of the beginning and end of human life and assesses its bioethical implications for today. This major contribution is available to an English-speaking audience through translation by Mark Henninger, himself a noted scholar of medieval philosophy."--Publisher's description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
SUBJECT Thomas, Aquinas, Saint, 1225?-1274.
Thomas, Aquinas, Saint, 1225?-1274
Thomas, Aquinas, Saint, 1225?-1274. fast (OCoLC)fst00029176
Thomas von Aquin, Heiliger 1225-1274 gnd
Subject Human embryo -- Moral and ethical aspects
Soul -- History of doctrines -- Middle Ages, 600-1500
PHILOSOPHY -- Ethics & Moral Philosophy.
RELIGION -- Christian Theology -- Ethics.
Human embryo -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Foster -- etik och moral -- historia.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780674073449
Other Titles Tommaso d'Aquino. English