Links roundup, 11.1

Just a few links today.

Prominent philosopher and legal scholar John Finnis makes an argument that the language of “fetus” is “offensive and prejudicial” outside of medical contexts.

A debate is heating up as to whether or not birth control will be covered as a medical expense under Obama-Care. Is birth control a “preventative medicine”? What is prevents is pregnancy … but is pregnancy an illness? Pregnancy is a healthy condition, not an illness. The Catholic Bishops are arguing against coverage, calling (rightly I think) birth control a “lifestyle choice”.

Here is a thought-provoking article on John Lennon’s much heralded song ‘Imagine’. The claim: ‘Imagine’ is far from an inspirational song, it is rather an anthem to original sin.

I posted a critique of Tea Party politics on the USU philosophy blog the other day, a post occasioned by a ridiculous letter in the student newspaper.

About Kleiner

Associate Vice Provost and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Utah State University. I teach across the curriculum, but am most interested in continental philosophy, ancient and medieval philosophy as well as Catholic thought, all of which might be summed up as an interest in the ressourcement tradition (returning in order to make progress). I also enjoy spending time thinking about liberal education and its ends.
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