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From the Intercollegiate Studies Institute's lecture archives:

"Is Abortion Morally Justifiable in a Free Society?"
Peter Kreeft, Professor of Philosophy, Boston College
David Boonin, Associate Professor of Philosophy, UC-Boulder
Yale University
From ISI's Cicero's Podium: A Great Issues Debate Series.

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The Mystery of Mankind's Love Affair with the Sea
Peter Kreeft, Professor of Philosophy, Boston College
Intercollegiate Studies Institute

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On the Shoulders of Giants: Learning from the Great Minds of the Past
Peter Kreeft, Professor of Philosophy, Boston College
University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL

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The debate on abortion seems less a debate and more two people stating their positions. I'm not usually a fan of such things, as I prefer more two-way interaction. That said, one of the comments by Dr. Kreeft was rather intriguing -- (paraphrased) -- "Let's say you're right. You have a very clever argument. Please tell me, would your argument make any of the women coming out of an abortion clinic feel any better about what they just did?"

A very insightful question...
3 comments so far:
    Anonymous November 9, 2007 at 3:01 PM , said...

    Hi there! Listening to the audio on your blog keeps me sane at work (I'm in data entry) while teaching me many things about my new faith (I was confirmed on Oct. 28th).

    I really enjoyed the ISI debate between Peter Kreeft and David Boonin: "Is Abortion Morally Justifiable in a Free Society?" Do you know where I might find a transcript of this talk? I think Dr. Kreeft's final comments might be the thing that finally brings my mom around to pro-life -- she self-identifies as a "pro-choice Christian" -- which is the last thing keeping her from the Church.
    Your help is much appreciated!


    Anonymous September 5, 2009 at 1:54 PM , said...

    Surprised at how, in order to grant his view validity, Professor Boonin asks that you accept so much fanciful nonsense. I always go back to a line in Chesterton that these sorts of people, in order to do their analysis, like to pretend they are not men in order to study Man, and therefore get everything all wrong. Chesterton's example is interpreting why we put flowers on a grave, "These people must believe in an afterlife requiring the utmost olfactory buffering." (bad paraphrase) I am not certain why such thinkers are so beholden to the Cartesian divide (reason vs intuition), it seems to be the one foundation they accept without requiring evidence. Didn't watch the debate, but via the audio Dr Boonin sounds unsure, constantly shifting, and muddled. Dr Kreeft in this talk sounds confident, calm, ordered, perhaps because he speaks from within the Christian tradition, and doesn't beg that you pretend you are an un-man in order to follow his argument.

    denzkyy October 2, 2009 at 2:56 AM , said...

    mr. kreeft seems to have difficulty in changing from lecture mode to debate mode... it's sounds like he's giving a lecture on philosophy and christian ethics not engaging in a debate... but ONE CAN NEVER DENY THE TRUTH AND VALIDITY OF HIS FINAL STATEMENT,SHORT BUT POWERFUL!
    mr.boonins abstract comparison in defending abortion really fails to make the grade and leaves one confused but one can understand his avoidance of direct comparison for it is more personal and emotional.but since abortion involves human life should'nt it be personal and emotional?


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