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International Philosophical Quarterly

Volume 58, Issue 3, September 2018

Vlastimil Vohánka
Pages 275-293

Material Value-Ethics
Evaluating the Thought of Josef Seifert and John F. Crosby

Josef Seifert and John F. Crosby are the two main proponents of applied material value-ethics. Both reject all forms of suicide and abortion. Seifert also explicitly rejects euthanasia, torture, destructive stem-cell research, genetic enhancement, in vitro fertilization, and contraception. Crosby explicitly rejects spousal in vitro fertilization and spousal contraception. In this essay I examine whether their case should be regarded as convincing. Against Seifert, and possibly also against Crosby, I show why it definitely should not.

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