By Karen L. F. Houle

Accountability, Complexity, and Abortion: towards a brand new photo of moral notion attracts from feminist concept, post-structuralist conception, and complexity idea to increase a brand new set of moral options for broaching the considering demanding situations that attend the event of undesirable being pregnant.

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My ultimate hope in writing this book is not that abortion or other such “difficulties” be eradicated, but that through this work we could better think ourselves into and through the kinds of beautiful difficulties that phenomena like abortion present to us, daily. Those difficulties are in fact ubiquitous; the labors they ask for, Sisyphean. But it is our work. NOTES 1. Immanuel Kant. The Critique of Pure Reason, trans. (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), 602. 2. ” Philosophy and Public Affairs 2 (1972): 37-65.

They do not necessarily coincide either with Approaching Phenomena via Descriptive Methods 29 what we habitually call sciences or disciplines, although their boundaries can sometimes be provisionally the same. 8 A discourse is the dynamic meaning-making space in and through which a particular sociocultural phenomenon like abortion appears, and appears in the particular way it does. An image that comes to mind is an Alexander Calder mobile: a hundred different pieces, all different colors, all different shapes, all hanging; but each one connected to all the others, just balanced.

5 The current phenomenon of abortion is an example of one of those very stable, very dominant terminal forms that power itself currently takes. It takes the form of a fairly stable and unified system, a moral domain. That domain is made up of a thousand different components: sites, history, peoples, tendencies, structures, concepts, codes, and qualities. There are uncountable components, yet nevertheless they comprise part of the same domain. ” The forces produce, or offer a grid of intelligibility for a moral dimension of our current Approaching Phenomena via Descriptive Methods 25 social order.

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