Margaret Somerville

Margaret Somerville is Samuel Gale Professor of Law Emerita, Professor Emerita in the Faculty of Medicine, and Founding Director of the Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law Emerita at McGill University, Montreal. Currently, she is Professor of Bioethics at the University of Notre Dame Australia School of Medicine (Sydney campus) She has an extensive national and international publishing and speaking record and frequently comments in all forms of media. Her books include The Ethical Canary: Science, Society and the Human Spirit (Penguin 2000); The Ethical Imagination: Journeys of the Human Spirit (Anansi 2006; CBC 2006 Massey Lectures) and Bird on an Ethics Wire: Battles about values in the culture wars (MQUP 2015).  Among her many honours and awards are the Order of Australia, Fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada, eight honorary doctorates, and the UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science.

The integrative power of a “Why”
22 Oct 2018 | FEATURES |  
tags: integrity, meaning of life, philosophy
What do amazement, wonder, and awe have to do with integrity?

The power of the Pope
19 Sep 2018 | ABOVE |  
tags: Catholic Church, Pope Francis, soft power
How many divisions does the Pope have, Stalin once sneered. None, but immense “soft power”.

Genetic disruption of human beings: creating “three parent IVF” babies
18 Jul 2018 | FEATURES |  
tags: genetic engineering, germline, IVF
Nothing is too dangerous or transgressive for rep tech.

Women, boards and quotas
15 May 2018 | FEATURES |  
tags: affirmative action, feminism, quotas for women, women on boards
A few notes from personal experience

The age of amazement
7 Mar 2018 | FEATURES |  
tags: hope, science, wonder
No matter how far science and technology progress, we cannot lose our sense of awe and wonder at the universe

40,000 years ago Mungo Man was carefully buried
23 Feb 2018 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: burial, death, euthanasia, organ donation
Are we losing our reverence for death today?

Navigating the ‘post-truth’ world
13 Dec 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: euthanasia, fake news, moral relativism, post-truth, same-sex marriage
Can this idea help us to understand debates over same-sex marriage and euthanasia?

The great divide in ethics over the mystery of human life
22 Nov 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: human dignity, personhood
Is there something special about humanity?

Complexity, uncertainty and potentiality in the euthanasia debate
23 Oct 2017 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, ethics, euthanasia
Such an important issue requires a high level of ethical sensitivity

Euthanasia: a failure of memory and imagination
28 Sep 2017 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide
We need to look forward and backward to see how it will affect society

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