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  1. 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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    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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  3. 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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    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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  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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    Physician Value Neutrality: A Critique.Francis J. Beckwith & John F. Peppin - 2000 - Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 28 (1):67-77.
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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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    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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  10. 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.
     
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  11. 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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    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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    Stephen W. Smith: End-of-Life Decisions in Medical Care: Principles and Policies for Regulating the Dying Process: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2012, 350 Pp, $110, ISBN: 978-1-107-00538-9. [REVIEW]Francis J. Beckwith - 2013 - Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 34 (6):499-504.
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    Or We Can Be Philosophers: A Response to Barbara Forrest.Francis J. 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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    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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    Zygotes, Embryos, and Subsistence: A Response to Corcoran.Francis J. Beckwith - 2012 - Philosophia Christi 14 (1):209-222.
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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.
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    The Epistemology of Political Correctness.Francis J. Beckwith - 1994 - Public Affairs Quarterly 8 (4):331-340.
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    Abortion.Francis J. Beckwith - 2010 - Faith and Philosophy 27 (4):478-482.
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  20. Disagreement Without Debate: The Republican Party Platform and the Human Life Amendment Plank.Francis J. Beckwith - 1999 - Nexus 4:113.
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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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    Human Values: New Essays on Ethics and Natural Law.Francis J. Beckwith - 2007 - Philosophia Christi 9 (1):240-242.
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    Gotta Serve Somebody? Religious Liberty, Freedom of Conscience, and Religion as Comprehensive Doctrine.Francis J. Beckwith - forthcoming - Studies in Christian Ethics:095394681989641.
    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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    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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    Homosexuality and American Public Life.Francis J. Beckwith - 1999 - Philosophia Christi 1 (2):146-148.
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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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    Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory: An Anthology.Francis J. Beckwith - 2003 - Philosophia Christi 5 (1):350-352.
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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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    The Metaphysics and Theology of Political and Legal Disagreement: A Review Essay on The Clash of Orthodoxies.Francis J. Beckwith - 2002 - Philosophia Christi 4 (2):477-492.
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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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    Guidance for Doting and Peeping Thomists.Francis J. Beckwith - 2010 - Philosophia Christi 12 (2):429-439.
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    Miracles.Francis J. Beckwith - 1989 - Teaching Philosophy 12 (3):335-337.
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    Legal Neutrality and Same-Sex Marriage.Francis J. Beckwith - 2005 - Philosophia Christi 7 (1):19-26.
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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.
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    Philosophy, Grace, and Reconciliation.Francis J. Beckwith - 2014 - Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture 17 (3):66-79.
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    Reply to Keenan.Francis J. Beckwith - 1992 - International Philosophical Quarterly 32 (3):369-376.
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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.
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    Reply to Keenan: Thomson’s Argument and Academic Feminism.Francis J. Beckwith - 1992 - International Philosophical Quarterly 32 (3):369-376.
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    Abortion: Three Perspectives. [REVIEW]Francis J. Beckwith - 2010 - Faith and Philosophy 27 (4):478-482.
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  41. American Constitutionalism, Marriage, and the Family. [REVIEW]Francis J. Beckwith - 2017 - Interpretation 44 (1).
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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. Secular Bioethics and Its Challenges to the Catholic Citizen.Francis J. Beckwith - 2014 - Nova et Vetera 12 (2).
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  45. The Mormon Concept of God: A Philosophical Analysis.Francis J. Beckwith & Stephen E. Parrish - 1994 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 35 (2):118-120.
     
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