The Ethical Imagination: Journeys of the Human Spirit by Margaret SomervilleThe Ethical Imagination: Journeys of the Human Spirit by Margaret Somerville

The Ethical Imagination: Journeys of the Human Spirit

byMargaret Somerville

Paperback | October 1, 2006

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Science and technology force us to ask some of the most challenging and unprecedented ethical questions in the world today. These issues encompass what it means to be human, how we relate to others and our world, and how we find meaning in life. How we can find a shared ethics for an interdependent world?In her 2006 CBC Massey Lectures, 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.
Margaret Somerville is the founding director of the Centre for Medicine, Ethics, and Law at McGill University, where she holds the Samuel Gale Chair in the Faculty of Law and is professor in the Faculty of Medicine. She is a consultant to governments and non-governmental bodies worldwide, and is the recipient of many honorary doctorate...
Title:The Ethical Imagination: Journeys of the Human SpiritFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:280 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.75 inShipping dimensions:8 × 5 × 0.75 inPublished:October 1, 2006Publisher:House Of Anansi Press IncLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0887847471

ISBN - 13:9780887847479


Rated 1 out of 5 by from What a disappointment! I've read all the Massey Lectures that are in print and a few that aren't and this is, without a doubt, the most disappointing. While I have little doubt that Somerville is very educated, the knowledge of both philosophy and science shown in this volume is shockingly slim and misconceived. The piece reads like a New Age self-help book written by Pope Benedict. I simply can't believe that Somerville trotted out the old 'even if all scientist ever see are white bears, they can't prove that there isn't a brown bear somewhere they haven't looked' false argument (argument from ignorance/shifting burden of proof, I have an invisible elephant in my trunk, prove me wrong). Sadly, the issues mentioned (in passing, really) in the book are vitally important, but Somerville offers little other than obfuscation, straw men, misunderstood science, poor philosophy, and opinions with no apparent foundation. Very, very disappointing.
Date published: 2009-02-13

Editorial Reviews

" once a forward-looking and deeply conservative book...Her thoughtful treatise, guided by a respect for nature and a sense of the secular sacred, contains value even for those who...disagree fervently with many of its assumptions and conclusions." - This Magazine

"Here is a voice speaking out intelligently for all of us." - Montreal Review of Books