November 22, 2011
Philosophy Professor Daniel Dombrowski presented “Immediate Hominization v. Delayed Hominization in the Abortion Debate” at Harvard Law School in November. In his lecture, Dombrowski addressed the history of the moral status of the fetus in Western Christianity. The fetus in the early stages of pregnancy was not typically viewed as a human person until the 17th century. He detailed the contemporary implications of the transition from the delayed hominization views of Saints Augustine and Thomas Aquinas (that is, a fetus is not a person in the early stages of pregnancy) to the immediate hominization view (that is, the fetus is a person beginning with conception). He defended the delayed hominization view.Dombrowski joined the faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences in 1988. A prolific scholar, he is the author of seventeen books and more than a hundred articles in scholarly journals in philosophy, theology, classics, and literature. His latest books are Rethinking the Ontological Argument: A Neoclassical Theistic Perspective (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006) and Contemporary Athletics and Ancient Greek Ideals (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009). His main areas of intellectual interest are history of philosophy, philosophy of religion (from a neoclassical or process perspective), and ethics, especially animal rights issues.The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 33 undergraduate and 7 advanced degrees.
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