The Ethical Imagination

The Ethical Imagination

2006 Massey Lectures

Audiobook CD - 2006
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Margaret Somerville holds professorships at McGill University in both the Faculty of Law - where she holds the Samuel Gale Chair - and the Faculty of Medicine and was founding director of the McGill Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law. She has been active in the worldwide development of bioethics and in the study of the wider legal and ethical aspects of medicine and science. Professor Somerville is widely published, has been an invited speaker at numerous international conferences on ethical and legal aspects of science and society, and is a regular contributor to all forms of media. CBC Radio began the Massey Lectures in 1961 to provide a forum on radio where major contemporary thinkers could address important issues of our time. The series is named for the former Governor General of Canada, Vincent Massey. CBC's partners in the Massey Lectures are Massey College in the University of Toronto and House of Anansi Press, publishers of the Massey Lectures books. The Massey Lectures are recorded in front of live audiences across the country and broadcast on the CBC Radio One program IDEAS.
Publisher: [Toronto] : CBC Audio, p2006
ISBN: 9780660196145
Branch Call Number: NFBCD 170.44 Som 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 5 sound discs (ca. 5 hr.) :,digital ;,12 cm., in container
Alternative Title: Ideas (Radio program)


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Sep 18, 2016

Too poetic. I prefer a clear and reasoned treatment of ethical issues allied to the progress of science.

She enshrines life and nature as being the source of ethics, the things that we strive to protect when we engage in ethical thought or debate, but she makes biased choices of how human nature and the state of nature contribute to and steer the debate. She does this because she has little understanding of biology; she an ethicist. Because she is an ethicist, she assumes everyone else should share her social values. A biologist sees sociality on a spectrum that is controlled both by genes and environment. Maybe I am more of a rationalist in this regard, not because I see reason as being the only source of ethics, I surely don't, but because I know reason is the way that the least ethical among us understand human relations. There is good reason to force these people to behave ethically, through laws and regulations, but there is certainly line past which the private citizen can not be forced to care. Somerville does not see such a line.

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