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.

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

Whose rights are more important? The child’s or the parents’?
16 Aug 2017 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: same-sex marriage
If same-sex marriage involved only adults it would be much easier to accept it

The euthanasia slippery slope: a failure of memory and imagination
28 Jul 2017 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: euthanasia, legal safeguards, slippery slope
When the splash of assisted-suicide and euthanasia blinds us to their far-reaching ripples.

If you have the ‘why’ of living, you can find the ‘how’
6 Jun 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: assisted suicide, dignity therapy, euthanasia, human dignity, loneliness
Insights for the euthanasia debate from unpacking the concept of dignity

Do suicides increase where euthanasia is legal?
22 May 2017 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, australia, euthanasia, suicide
The statistics suggest that the answer is yes

Are there ‘good suicides’ and ‘bad suicides’? Or are all of them bad? 
11 May 2017 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, australia, completed life, euthanasia
An elderly Australian couple says that euthanasia is better than life in a nursing home

Shutting up by shouting down
17 Mar 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: assisted suicide, australia, Australia, euthanasia, free speech, Victoria, victoria
When an anti-euthanasia speaker at a doctors' conference is prevented from speaking, you know that something is very wrong

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