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.



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


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


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