Essay: Contemporary secular philosophers on abortion and infanticide

It is the difference in conservative and liberal conceptions of the sacredness of human life that leads to very different views about the morality of abortion. The American philosopher Ronald Dworkin argues that at root, the difference between the ‘conservative’ and the ‘liberal’ position is a religious or spiritual difference. Dworkin argues that the atheistic secular liberal’s system of beliefs has ‘a place in the life of its possessor parallel to that of the religious person’s belief in God’.  The liberal’s beliefs affirm an essentially religious idea, that the importance of human life transcends subjective experience.  Both the secular liberal and the Christian believer hold religious or spiritual beliefs about human life.  It is just that they differ in those beliefs…

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