Category Archives: Translations

Fixing the human being: Robert Spaemann vs. Peter Sloterdijk

Below is a full translation of a previously untranslated 1999 article by Robert Spaemann, his contribution to what is known as the “Sloterdijk debate” or the “Sloterdijk-Habermas controversy” in Germany. It was a debate about eugenics, a taboo subject in … 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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Robert Spaemann on embryonic research, part II

Here is the second half of my translation of the Die Zeit article by Robert Spaemann from November 20,, 2003: “Freiheit der Forschung oder Schutz des Embryos?” Notice especially the parallel he notes near the end of the piece concerning … Continue reading

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Robert Spaemann on Embryonic Research, part I

The 2003 Die Zeit article by the Roman Catholic philosopher Robert Spaemann that I am currently translating is quite long, so I thought I would break it up into a few smaller blog posts, of which this is the first. … Continue reading

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Robert Spaemann on Circumcision

Last summer, a German court in Cologne ruled that circumcision was a crime, igniting a large public debate in Germany. The ruling has since been overruled by the German parliament, but the issue is far from settled. The following is … Continue reading

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