Margaret Somerville

Margaret Somerville is Samuel
Gale Professor of Law, Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, and Founding Director of the Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law at McGill University, Montreal. 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); and The Ethical Imagination: Journeys of the Human Spirit (Anansi 2006; CBC 2006 Massey Lectures).  Among her many honours and awards are the Order of Australia, seven honorary
doctorates, and the UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science.



A flight from mystery
23 Jan 2017 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, death, euthanasia
Euthanasia strips death of its meaning at the time we need it most


Euthanasia: it’s a long, long, long way down
10 Jan 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, euthanasia, slippery slope
One way to get rid of slippery slopes is to deny that they exist


Linking headlines: post-truth, euthanasia and elder abuse
15 Dec 2016 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: elder abuse, end of life issues, euthanasia, post-truth
Feelings trump facts when thinking about euthanasia


Is departing from clinical guidelines always wrong?
25 Nov 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: health risks, healthcare ethics, medical ethics
Doctors are not car mechanics with a repair manual that must be followed.


What would life be like without amazement, wonder and awe?
25 Oct 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: secular sacred, wonder
We need them to give us hope


Why supporters of same-sex marriage call it ‘marriage equality’
17 Oct 2016 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: same-sex marriage, words
Cloudy and ambiguous language can be ethically perilous.


It’s about children’s rights, not sexual orientation
28 Sep 2016 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: homosexuality, same-sex marriage
Let’s clarify the issues in the same-sex marriage debate


Evicting religious voices from the public square is anti-democratic and discriminatory
31 Aug 2016 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: Andrew Denton, Australia, euthanasia, freedom of speech
Interrogate belief systems; don’t dismiss them


Is it ethical to pay ransoms?
15 Jun 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: Canada, Philippines, ransoms, terrorism
Two Canadian men have been beheaded after the government refused to pay ransoms to Filipino terrorists.


It didn’t happen overnight
7 Jun 2016 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: Canada, same-sex marriage, transgenderism
The cultural and social changes of the past 50 years laid the groundwork for transgenderism.


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