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Christopher O. Tollefsen

Christopher O. Tollefsen is Professor in the Department of Philosophy of the University of South Carolina. His areas of specialization include moral philosophy and practical ethics. Currently he is doing work in natural law ethics, liberal perfectionism, medical ethics, the ethics and politics of inquiry, philosophical embryology, the nature of human action, end of life issues, and ethics and education. He has published extensively in academic journals on topics of bioethics, meta-ethics, and the New Natural Law Theory. A graduate of Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire, he holds a doctorate in philosophy from Emory University.


The deficits of the iPhone generation

6 Apr 2018
Can hashtagging a tweet for a cause make up for ignorance about society?

Our addiction to technology

7 Jul 2017
Resistance must begin in the home.

‘To Whom Do Children Belong?’ A defense of parents’ rights

16 Sep 2016
Exploring the special rights of parents and the obligations of biology.

The gospel of happiness

20 May 2016
What positive psychology and Christianity can learn from each other.

Gender identity in an age of cultural confusion

23 Jul 2015
Can one change one's gender?

Incest and pornography: more similar than we think

29 Sep 2014
Incest remains taboo, but pornography also corrupts marriages and families.

Should we really treat animals like humans?

30 Jan 2014
All creatures are special, but some are more special than others.

Dismantling the new atheism

2 Jul 2012
A new book by a leading philosopher argues that there is a deep compatibility between science and religion and a hidden incompatibility between science and naturalism.

Live Action’s act: a critique

25 Feb 2011
For all the good that may come of the expose of Planned Parenthood, the means used are extremely troubling.

The abiding significance of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

10 Aug 2010
Americans must still wrestle with what it means to take the lives of innocent civilians intentionally.

Liberalism and higher education

11 May 2010
We all agree that we should be free, equal and independent. But what does it mean to be free?

Torture: What it is, and Why it is Wrong

9 May 2009
We need a responsible and non-politicised discussion about the boundaries for interrogation, "enhanced interrogation", and torture. 

Sex without consequences, a world without commitment

1 Aug 2008
A world shaped by contraception is one that is far from friendly to marriage and family.