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The Ethical Imagination

The Ethical Imagination In the CBC Massey Lectures the bestselling and most eagerly anticipated lecture series of the year renowned ethicist and McGill University professor Margaret Somerville tackles some of the most c

  • Title: The Ethical Imagination
  • Author: Margaret Somerville
  • ISBN: 9780887847479
  • Page: 319
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the 2006 CBC Massey Lectures the bestselling and most eagerly anticipated lecture series of the year renowned ethicist and McGill University professor Margaret Somerville tackles some of the most contentious issues of our times, and proposes a brilliant new kind of ethical language and thought to help us navigate them.In this timely, topical, and cogently argued bIn the 2006 CBC Massey Lectures the bestselling and most eagerly anticipated lecture series of the year renowned ethicist and McGill University professor Margaret Somerville tackles some of the most contentious issues of our times, and proposes a brilliant new kind of ethical language and thought to help us navigate them.In this timely, topical, and cogently argued book, Somerville asks What does it mean to be human today, when mind altering scientific breakthroughs are challenging our fundamental ideas of ourselves, how we relate to others and the world around us, and how we find meaning in life Some of the controversial topics Somerville touches upon are our growing acceptance of new reproductive technologies, and our conundrums over the genetic modification of plants and animals She eloquently proposes that it is only through our willingness to undertake a journey of the human imagination by heeding our stories, myths, and moral intuition that we can truly see, understand, speak about, and relate to the world around us, and thereby develop an ethics to guide us.

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    1. It's been quite a while since I read this book. I heard about it and decided to read it after a lecture Dr Somerville gave at my/her university on physician-assisted suicide. She had a conservative view, which surprised me, and a lot of things she said were verbalizations of things I felt/believed in a vague sense. It affected me quite profoundly, as I had not really had an interest in bioethics before then. The Ethical Imagination makes a lot of interesting points. Some that have stuck with me, [...]


    2. The Imagination of a GoldfishMargaret Somerville's ethical maturity is no better than the "brightest" minds of the Middle Ages. She has inherent concerns with moral flexibility. According to Margaret, anything that pricks our "moral intuitions" should be closely scrutinised for any potential harms. So, to Margaret, ESCR, abortion, same-sex marriage, assisted suicide etc. should be analysed because they are new concepts, and if they alert our primal moral instincts, there is probably something wr [...]


    3. Excellent book, and makes many “common sense” observations and comes at the subject from many angles. Very refreshing and slightly scary !When asked what is the most dangerous idea, at a discussion group, the answer given was “There is no difference between man, animal or robot” among other ideas, and this is what led me to read M Sommerville book on ethical imagination.The book explores recent advances in medicine, the slide from homo sapiens to techno sapiens, and the various aspects t [...]


    4. Margaret Somerville aims to introduce a moral language that can be common across cultures which can be used to understand and facility a broad spectrum of issues. From that perspective, I feel that the book is grossly unsuccessful. Her substitution of the "ethical imagination" in place of a moral language does not address any of the issues she suggests because she has framed it not as a language which crosses barriers but as a morality constrained by her own cultural milieu. Even after less than [...]


    5. This is quite possibly one of the best books I have ever read. Somerville talks mainly about "the natural" and the sanctity of human life/the essence of what it means to be human. The abilities we now have to alter our genetic makeup are SCARY, and I think it is so important we work to find a shared ethics, for the sake of the future of our planet.


    6. A book that I took quite a while to read, and will probably go back to from time to time. She challenges us to think deeply about current issues especially in science and to become involved in the debate.Liz



    7. I was initially intrigued but the ethics of reproduction section is turning into a snore. Not sure I'll finish it.


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