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.



Lessons from a Rabbit, a Cat and an Otter
28 Feb 2017 | READING MATTERS |  
tags: animals, children's books, children's literature
Three books that nurtured my respect for and love of animals and nature.


Lessons from indigenous wisdom in the euthanasia debate
23 Feb 2017 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: Australia, euthanasia, indigenous culture
How a person dies affects others, not just in the present but in the future.


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


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