Abortion and the Right to Not Be Pregnant

  • James Edwin Mahon
Part of the International Political Theory book series (IPoT)


James E. Mahon examines the role played by Judith Jarvis Thomson’s essay on abortion, published in Philosophy & Public Affairs, in the subsequent development of practical ethics as a field of inquiry. Mahon argues that the journal put the topic of abortion on the philosophical map, and Thomson’s article did more than any other, before it or since, to energize philosophical debate about abortion. Mahon also analyses the contrasting arguments of Thompson and Joseph Mahon on abortion, before concluding with an examination of the distinction between the claims that abortion is ‘indecent’ and that it is ‘impermissible’.


Pregnant Woman Moral Obligation Public Affair Rape Victim Shallow Pond 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • James Edwin Mahon
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyCUNY-Lehman CollegeBronxUSA

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