Blackfriars Research fellow receives honour.
Last month Blackfriars Hall and Studium were pleased to host the launch of two books by staff from the Anscombe Bioethics Centre.
The Anscombe Centre (originally known as the Linacre Centre for Healthcare Ethics) is a Roman Catholic academic institute that engages with the moral questions arising in clinical practice and biomedical research. It brings to bear on those questions principles of natural law, virtue ethics, and the teaching of the Catholic Church, and seeks to develop the implications of that teaching for emerging fields of practice. The Centre engages in scholarly dialogue with academics and practitioners of other traditions. It contributes to public policy debates as well as to debates and consultations within the Church. It runs educational programmes for, and gives advice to, Catholics and other interested healthcare professionals and biomedical scientists
The Ethics of Pregnancy, Abortion and Childbirth addresses the unique moral questions raised by pregnancy and its intimate bodily nature. From assisted reproduction to abortion and 'vital conflict' resolution to more everyday concerns of the pregnant woman, the book argues for pregnancy as a close human relationship with the woman as guardian or custodian. If the status of the fetus is conclusive for at least some moral questions raised by pregnancy, so too are facts about its bodily relationship with, and presence in, the woman who supports it. The pregnant woman is not a mere 'neighbour' or helpful stranger to the fetus but is rather already in a real familial relationship bringing real familial rights and obligations.
Elizabeth Anscombe's 1958 essay 'Modern Moral Philosophy' transformed the subject, undermining the assumption that there is no connection between facts, values, and reasons for action; and directing attention towards the virtues. Her later ethical writings were focused on particular issues such as those of conscience, double-effect, murder, and sexual ethics. In this collection of new essays these and other aspects of her moral philosophy are examined. Anyone interested in Anscombe's work will want to read this volume
This book contains a includes a chapter by Fr David Goodill, Prior of Blackfriars, the Priory of the Holy Spirit, Oxford and Vice-Regent of Studies for Blackfriars Hall and Studium.