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    Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice.Francis J. Beckwith - 2007 - Cambridge University Press.
    Defending Life is arguably the most comprehensive defense of the pro-life position on abortion - morally, legally, and politically - that has ever been published in an academic monograph. It offers a detailed and critical analysis of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey as well as arguments by those who defend a Rawlsian case for abortion-choice, such as J. J. Thomson. The author defends the substance view of persons as the view with the most explanatory power. The substance (...)
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    Moral Status and the Architects of Principlism.Francis Beckwith & Allison Krile Thornton - 2020 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 45 (4-5):504-520.
    In this article, we discuss Beauchamp and Childress’s treatment of the issue of moral status. In particular, we introduce the five different perspectives on moral status that Beauchamp and Childress consider in Principles of Biomedical Ethics and explain their alternative to those perspectives, raise some critical questions about their approach, and offer a different way to think about one of the five theories of moral status that is more in line with what we believe some of its leading advocates affirm.
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    Natural Law, Catholicism, and the Protestant Critique: Why We Are Really Not That Far Apart.Francis J. Beckwith - 2019 - Christian Bioethics 25 (2):154-168.
    Catholics and Evangelical Protestants often find themselves on the same side on a variety of issues in bioethics. However, some Evangelicals have expressed reluctance to embrace the natural law reasoning used by Catholics in academic and policy debates. In this article, I argue that the primary concerns raised by Evangelicals about natural law reasoning are, ironically, concerns expressed by and intrinsic to the natural law tradition itself. To show this, I address two types of Protestant critics: the Frustrated Fellow Traveler (...)
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  4. Defending Abortion Philosophically: A Review of David Boonin's a Defense of Abortion. [REVIEW]Francis Beckwith - 2006 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 31 (2):177 – 203.
    This article is a critical review of David Boonin's book, A Defense of Abortion (Cambridge University Press, 2002), a significant contribution to the literature on this subject and arguably the most important monograph on abortion published in the past twenty years. Boonin's defense of abortion consists almost exclusively of sophisticated critiques of a wide variety of pro-life arguments, including ones that are rarely defended by pro-life advocates. This article offers a brief presentation of the book's contents with extended assessments of (...)
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  5. Personal Bodily Rights, Abortion, and Unplugging the Violinist.Francis J. Beckwith - 1992 - International Philosophical Quarterly 32 (1):105-118.
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    Potentials and Burdens: A Reply to Giubilini and Minerva.Francis J. Beckwith - 2013 - Journal of Medical Ethics 39 (5):341-344.
    This article responds to Giubilini and Minerva’s article ‘After birth abortion: why should the baby live?’ published in the Journal of Medical Ethics. They argue for the permissibility of ‘after-birth abortion’, based on two conjoined considerations: (1) the fetus or newborn, though a ‘potential person’, is not an actual person, because it is not mature enough to appreciate its own interests, and (2) because we allow parents to terminate the life of a fetus when it is diagnosed with a deformity (...)
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    Biothics, the Christian Citizen, and the Pluralist Game.Francis J. Beckwith - 2007 - Christian Bioethics 13 (2):159-170.
    The ascendancy of Christian activism in bioethical policy debates has elicited a number of responses by critics of this activism. These critics typically argue that the public square ought to embrace Secular Liberalism (SL), a perspective that its proponents maintain is the most just arrangement in a pluralist society, even though SL places restraints on Christian activists that are not placed on similarly situated citizens who hold more liberal views on bioethical questions. The author critiques three arguments that are offered (...)
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    David Hume's Argument Against Miracles: A Critical Analysis.Francis J. Beckwith - 1989 - Univ Pr of America.
    This book is a presentation and critical analysis of Hume’s argument against miracles. In addition, this work contains a critique of contemporary rehabilitations of Hume’s argument by Flew, Nowell-Smith, and McKinnon, and a defense of the kalam cosmological argument for God’s existence. The author concludes that the concept of miracle is perfectly coherent and that it is possible that one can enough evidence to be epistemically justified in believing that one has occurred. This book also includes a discussion on the (...)
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    Physician Value Neutrality: A Critique.Francis J. Beckwith & John F. Peppin - 2000 - Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 28 (1):67-77.
    Although the notion of physician value neutrality in medicine may be traced back to the writings of Sir William Osler, it is relatively new to medicine and medical ethics. We argue in this paper that how physician value neutrality has been cashed out is often obscure and its defense not persuasive. In addition, we argue that the social/political implementation of neutrality, Political Liberalism, fails, and thus, PVN's case is weakened, for PVN's justification relies largely on the reasoning undergirding PL. For (...)
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    The “No One Deserves His or Her Talents” Argument for Affirmative Action: A Critical Analysis.Francis J. Beckwith - 1999 - Social Theory and Practice 25 (1):53-60.
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    Guidance for Doting and Peeping Thomists: A Review Essay of Aquinas: A Beginner's Guide.Francis J. Beckwith - 2010 - Philosophia Christi 12 (2):429-439.
    This essay is a review of Edward Feser’s Aquinas: A Beginner’s Guide. In the first part, the author summarizes the book’s five chapters, drawing attention to Feser’s application of Aquinas’s thought to contemporary philosophical problems. Part 2 is dedicated to Feser’s Thomistic analysis of Intelligent Design. The author explains Feser’s case and why Aquinas’s “Fifth Way,” which is often labeled a “design argument,” depends on a philosophy of nature that ID’s methods implicitly reject.
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    Justificatory Liberalism and Same‐Sex Marriage.Francis J. Beckwith - 2013 - Ratio Juris 26 (4):487-509.
    Supporters of Justificatory Liberalism (JL)—such as John Rawls and Gerard Gaus—typically maintain that the state may not coerce its citizens on matters of constitutional essentials unless it can provide public justification that the coerced citizens would be irrational in rejecting. The state, in other words, may not coerce citizens whose rejection of the coercion is based on their reasonable comprehensive doctrines (i.e., worldviews). Proponents of the legal recognition of same-sex marriage (SSM) usually offer some version of JL as the most (...)
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    The Ethics of Referral Kickbacks and Self-Referral and the Hmo Physician as Gatekeeper: An Ethical Analysis.Francis J. Beckwith - 1996 - Journal of Social Philosophy 27 (3):41-48.
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    Faith, Reason, and the Christian University: What Pope John Paul II Can Teach Christian Academics.Francis J. Beckwith - 2009 - Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture 12 (3):53-67.
  15. Hume's Evidential/Testimonial Epistemology, Probability, and Miracles.Francis J. Beckwith - 1991 - Logos. Anales Del Seminario de Metafísica [Universidad Complutense de Madrid, España] 12:87 - 104.
    In this paper I will critically analyze the first part of David Hume’s argument against miracles, which has been traditionally referred to as the in-principle argument. However, unlike most critiques of Hume’s argument, I will (1) present a view of evidential epistemology and probability that will take into consideration Hume’s accurate observation that miracles are highly improbable events while(2) arguing that one can be within one’s epistemic rights in believing that a miracle has occurred. As for the proper definition of (...)
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    The Epistemology of Political Correctness.Francis J. Beckwith - 1994 - Public Affairs Quarterly 8 (4):331-340.
  17. Disagreement Without Debate: The Republican Party Platform and the Human Life Amendment Plank.Francis J. Beckwith - 1999 - Nexus 4:113.
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    Abortion: Three Perspectives.Francis J. Beckwith - 2010 - Faith and Philosophy 27 (4):478-482.
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  19. American Constitutionalism, Marriage, and the Family. [REVIEW]Francis J. Beckwith - 2017 - Interpretation 44 (1).
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  20. A Critique of Political Correctness.Francis J. Beckwith - 1996 - In Philosophy: The Quest for Truth, 3rd ed. pp. 582-588.
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    A Defense of Human Dignity: Creating Life, Destroying Life, and Protecting the Rights of Conscience. By Christopher Kaczor.Francis J. Beckwith - 2014 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 88 (1):177-179.
  22. Arkes, Hadley. The Return of George Sutherland: Restoring a Jurisprudence of Natural Rights. [REVIEW]Francis J. Beckwith - 2000 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 12 (1-2):179-180.
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    After Progress: Finding the Old Way Forward.Francis J. Beckwith - 2000 - Philosophia Christi 2 (2):328-330.
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    Abortion: Three Perspectives. [REVIEW]Francis J. Beckwith - 2010 - Faith and Philosophy 27 (4):478-482.
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  25. Are You Politically Correct?: Debating America’s Cultural Standards.Francis J. Beckwith & Michael E. Bauman (eds.) - 1993 - Contemporary Issues (Prometheu.
    Essays from both the left and right examine the wide range of issues surrounding the debates over political correctness and multiculturalism.
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    Beyond All Reason: The Radical Assault on Truth in American Law.Francis J. Beckwith - 2001 - Philosophia Christi 3 (2):593-595.
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  27. Book Review. [REVIEW]Francis Beckwith - 2007 - Philosophia Christi 9 (1):240-241.
     
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  28. Consent, Sex, and the Prenatal Rapist: A Brief Reply to McDonaghs's Suggested Revision of Roe V. Wade.Francis Beckwith & Steven Thomas - 1980 - Journal of Libertarian Studies 4:1-16.
     
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  29. Does Judith Jarvis Thomson Really Grant the Pro-Life View of Fetal Personhood in Her Defense of Abortion?: A Rawlsian Assessment.Francis J. Beckwith - 2014 - International Philosophical Quarterly 54 (4):443-451.
    In her ground-breaking 1971 article, “A Defense of Abortion,” Judith Jarvis Thomson argues that even if one grants to the prolifer her most important premise—that the fetus is a person—the prolifer’s conclusion, the intrinsic wrongness of abortion, does not follow. However, in her 1995 article, “Abortion: Whose Right?,” Thomson employs Rawlsian liberalism to argue that even though the prolifer’s view of fetal personhood is not unreasonable, the prochoice advocate is not unreasonable in rejecting it. Thus, because we should err on (...)
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    Faith, Reason, and the Liberal Order.Francis J. Beckwith - 2018 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 92:1-18.
    Claims of religious conscience that run counter to prevailing cultural trends are increasingly met with bewilderment and disbelief. The author argues that this should not surprise us given the ways in which the rational and liturgical status of religious beliefs and practices are widely misunderstood and misrepresented by jurists and legal philosophers. To make this point the author discusses some recent arguments found in court cases as well as in legal scholarship on religion. He encourages Catholic philosophers—who typically do not (...)
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    Guidance for Doting and Peeping Thomists.Francis J. Beckwith - 2010 - Philosophia Christi 12 (2):429-439.
    This essay is a review of Edward Feser’s Aquinas: A Beginner’s Guide. In the first part, the author summarizes the book’s five chapters, drawing attention to Feser’s application of Aquinas’s thought to contemporary philosophical problems. Part 2 is dedicated to Feser’s Thomistic analysis of Intelligent Design. The author explains Feser’s case and why Aquinas’s “Fifth Way,” which is often labeled a “design argument,” depends on a philosophy of nature that ID’s methods implicitly reject.
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    Gotta Serve Somebody? Religious Liberty, Freedom of Conscience, and Religion as Comprehensive Doctrine.Francis J. Beckwith - 2020 - Studies in Christian Ethics 33 (2):168-178.
    This article critically assesses an account of religious liberty often associated with several legal and political philosophers: Ronald Dworkin, John Rawls, and Christopher Eisgruber and Lawrence Sager. Calling it the Religion as Comprehensive Doctrine approach, the author contrasts it with an account often attributed to John Locke and the American Founders Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, the Two Sovereigns approach. He argues that the latter provides an important corrective to RCD’s chief weakness: RCD eliminates from our vision those aspects of (...)
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    Homosexuality and American Public Life.Francis J. Beckwith - 1999 - Philosophia Christi 1 (2):146-148.
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    Human Values: New Essays on Ethics and Natural Law.Francis J. Beckwith - 2007 - Philosophia Christi 9 (1):240-242.
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  35. Is Religion Special? More Likely Than Not!Francis J. Beckwith - 2018 - In David Boonin, Katrina L. Sifferd, Tyler K. Fagan, Valerie Gray Hardcastle, Michael Huemer, Daniel Wodak, Derk Pereboom, Stephen J. Morse, Sarah Tyson, Mark Zelcer, Garrett VanPelt, Devin Casey, Philip E. Devine, David K. Chan, Maarten Boudry, Christopher Freiman, Hrishikesh Joshi, Shelley Wilcox, Jason Brennan, Eric Wiland, Ryan Muldoon, Mark Alfano, Philip Robichaud, Kevin Timpe, David Livingstone Smith, Francis J. Beckwith, Dan Hooley, Russell Blackford, John Corvino, Corey McCall, Dan Demetriou, Ajume Wingo, Michael Shermer, Ole Martin Moen, Aksel Braanen Sterri, Teresa Blankmeyer Burke, Jeppe von Platz, John Thrasher, Mary Hawkesworth, William MacAskill, Daniel Halliday, Janine O’Flynn, Yoaav Isaacs, Jason Iuliano, Claire Pickard, Arvin M. Gouw, Tina Rulli, Justin Caouette, Allen Habib, Brian D. Earp, Andrew Vierra, Subrena E. Smith, Danielle M. Wenner, Lisa Diependaele, Sigrid Sterckx, G. Owen Schaefer, Markus K. Labude, Harisan Unais Nasir, Udo Schuklenk, Benjamin Zolf & Woolwine (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Philosophy and Public Policy. Springer Verlag. pp. 277-289.
    Some have questioned why religion should be singled out for special treatment in our legal instruments, such as the US Constitution, Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Why, for example, do these documents afford protection to citizens who engage in an activity religiously, while not affording the same protection for citizens who engage in what appears to be the same activity non-religiously? To answer this question, the author explains why religion, as with other associations and practices, has been justly singled out. (...)
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    Like It Was Written in My Soul From Me to You: Assessing Jerry Walls' Critique of the Catholic Account of Purgatory.Francis J. Beckwith - 2013 - Heythrop Journal.
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    Legal Neutrality and Same-Sex Marriage.Francis J. Beckwith - 2005 - Philosophia Christi 7 (1):19-26.
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    Miracles.Francis J. Beckwith - 1989 - Teaching Philosophy 12 (3):335-337.
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    Matthew D. Wright, A Vindication of Politics: On the Common Good and Human Flourishing.Francis J. Beckwith - 2019 - Philosophia Christi 21 (2):457-459.
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    Marriage, Sex, and the Jurisprudence of Skepticism.Francis J. Beckwith - 2005 - Philosophia Christi 7 (1):41-44.
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    Nature, Design, and Science: The Status of Design in Natural Science.Francis J. Beckwith - 2002 - Philosophia Christi 4 (1):262-265.
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    On Making the Case for Life.Francis Beckwith - 2013 - The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 13 (4):601-609.
    In Evangelium vitae, Pope John Paul II writes that the culture of death is the consequence of society embracing a “positivist mentality.” Given both where the Church is culturally situated as well as her call for a New Evangelization, this article offers a critique of positivist mentality that attempts to draw out of its advocates the natural law that is “written in the heart.” This critique includes an analysis of the article “After-Birth Abortion: Why Should the Baby Live?” authored by (...)
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  43. Or We Can Be Philosophers: A Response to Barbara Forrest.Francis Beckwith - 2015 - Synthese 192 (S1):1-23.
    This article is a response to Barbara Forrest’ 2011 Synthese article, “On the Non-Epistemology of Intelligent Design.” Forrest offers an account of my philosophical work that consists almost entirely of personal attacks, excursions into my religious pilgrimage, and misunderstandings and misrepresentations of my work as well as of certain philosophical issues. Not surprisingly, the Synthese editors include a disclaimer in the front matter of the special issue in which Forrest’s article was published. In my response, I address three topics: (1) (...)
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  44. Public Education, Religious Establishment, and the Challenge of Intelligent Design.Francis Beckwith - 2003 - Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy 17 (2):461-520.
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    Philosophy, Grace, and Reconciliation: Reflections of a Catholic Revert.Francis J. Beckwith - 2014 - Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture 17 (3):66-79.
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    Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory: An Anthology.Francis J. Beckwith - 2003 - Philosophia Christi 5 (1):350-352.
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    Religion and Morality.Francis J. Beckwith - 1998 - Faith and Philosophy 15 (3):375-379.
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    Religious Commitment and Secular Reason.Francis J. Beckwith - 2002 - Faith and Philosophy 19 (1):106-112.
  49. Ruth Ellen Bulger, Elizabeth Heitman, and Stanley Joel Reiser, Eds., Ethical Dimensions of the Biological Sciences Reviewed By.Francis J. Beckwith - 1994 - Philosophy in Review 14 (4):242-243.
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    Replies to Evan Fales: On History and Miracles.Francis J. Beckwith - 2001 - Philosophia Christi 3 (1):42 - 45.
    This article is a response to Evan Fales’s critique of Francis Beckwith’s chapter ’Philosophia Christi’ Series 2, 3.1 2001) that appeared in the 1997 book, ’In Defense of Miracles’ (InterVarsity Press, 1997). Beckwith argues that Fales seems to misunderstand his argument. In his reply, Beckwith clarifies his original case and then moves on and addresses Fales’s argument that if miracles regularly occur, the reason for believing in miracles would be undermined; they are contrary to the regular course of nature. Beckwith (...)
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