Category Archives: Law

What is Right, and Wrong, about the HHS Mandate

My second post on this topic in a row, I know. But why not? We philosophers could be political pundits if we wished; it is just that we are normally too busy contemplating the mysteries of the heavens, cleaning off … Continue reading

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Packaging Abortion

Despite earlier reports, it now looks like Governor Cuomo’s attempt to expand access to late-term abortions in New York may be given separate legislative consideration from the rest of the “Women’s Equality Act.” One way or another, it should all … Continue reading

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Do the unborn have a right to life? A translation of Robert Spaemann’s 1974 article.

The article below appeared as a follow-up in 1974 to Robert Spaemann’s earlier article that year on the subject of abortion, “Am Ende der Debatte um §218 StGB” (my translation is available here). In that previous article, Spaemann had rather … Continue reading

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Robert Spaemann on Abortion: a full translation of one of his 1974 articles

“An End to the Debate on #218 of the German Criminal Code”(1974) A translation of Robert Spaemann, “Am Ende der Debatte um § 218 StGB,” in Grenzen: zur ethischen Dimension des Handelns, 352-60 (Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta, 2001). The article originally appeared … Continue reading

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The Pressure of Law: or, the reason abortion and gay marriage make for nasty arguments

Jonah Goldberg, an editor of National Review Online, recently wrote a column arguing that abortion and gay marriage should not be lumped together as social issues. That is to say, according to Goldberg one can be, in some intellectually respectable … Continue reading

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Criminalizing Abortion

I have recently been translating an old article by the philosopher Robert Spaemann on the abortion debate that took place in Germany in 1974, “Am Ende der Debatte um #218 StGB.” The debate followed a decision by West Germany’s high … Continue reading

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