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.

Canada ponders polygamy
20 Aug 2007 | FEATURES |  
tags: polyamory, polygamy, same-sex marriage
Now that same-sex marriage has been legalised, it seems inconsistent to prosecute Canada's polygamists.

Should we create a market for making children?
10 Aug 2007 | FEATURES |  
Powerful groups are lobbying to commercialise the fertility industry in Canada. They should be resisted.

Patenting life
21 Jun 2007 | FEATURES |  
An American biologist's race to create artificial life raises knotty ethical questions.

Why are they throwing brickbats at God?
1 Jun 2007 | FEATURES |  
A campaign by eminent atheist Richard Dawkins to discredit religion makes little sense, says a Canadian ethicist.

The silver lining in the climate change cloud
18 May 2007 | FEATURES |  
The risks of climate change offer a unique opportunity to have a serious ethical discussion -- whatever your ethics may be.

Why Canada should re-visit same-sex marriage
11 Oct 2006 | FEATURES |  
tags: Canada, same-sex marriage
Children are being ignored as adults re-engineer the family, claims one of Canada's leading ethicists.

Talking us to death
26 May 2006 | FEATURES |  
To legalize euthanasia would fundamentally change the way we understand ourselves, human life and its meaning.

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