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Ten Universal Principles: A Brief Philosophy of the Life Issues

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How do we make sense of life? How should we treat others? How should we reasonably be expected to be treated by others? When human life is at stake, are there reasonable principles we can rely on to guide our actions? How should our laws be framed to protect human life? What kind of society should be built? Many people rely on their religious beliefs to answer these questi ...more
Paperback, 156 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Ignatius Press
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Clare Cannon

Read this book! It's a clear and concise handbook on the philosophy of the human person which should be compulsory reading for every person entering adulthood to help them evaluate the choices and opinions they will face through life. Certainly every journalist, scientist, medical professional, political leader, educator and voter should read it to gain an objective perspective on the views of the human person commonly advocated today.

Spitzer summarises the key principles which guide how a huma
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Robert Hernandez
I don't remember having read a book with so much content in such a few pages. I had to walk rather slowly, however, in order not to miss any of the arguments and this effort was well worth it.

I think the Principles can be used as a guide to almost anything in life, but Dr. Spitzer uses them to expose with painful clarity the sheer absurdity of the Roe vs. Wade decision and how it contains basically the same logic as the Dred Scott decision, which is listed by historians as a significant factor i
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Sarah
When I first started reading Ten Universal Principles: A Brief Philosophy of the Life Issues, by Robert J. Spitzer, I was pretty sure my brain was breaking.

I kept going, though. It was too good not to. (I just couldn’t read it, at first, at night–it was too easy to give up.)

I have no background with a classical education in the liberal arts. Until recently, I didn’t see the need for it.

Though I love to read, I didn’t get the reason for immersing myself in the classics and going back to read and
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James Andersen
All I can say is "Wow!" This book was an amazing read! This books covers Ethics, Logic, Political Theory, and Culture in order to defend the Pro-Life position, but more than that Life in general. It also goes through the values of culture in order to elucidate on how to transform and transcend it as well. Then Appendix is worthwhile explaining mans need for a transcendental reality in light of transcendent desires. All in all this book is very smart and rational, barely touches on theology even ...more
Paul
A little weighty and needs to be read slowly but truly a great read. Loved his way of breaking down the principles we need to live by in any just and good society and how Roe v. Wade and the Dred Scott decisions both betrayed these principles. How anybody can go on thinking that abortion is legitimate especially after reading this is beyond me.
Avel Deleon
Great book! Contains much content although it is a short book.
Brian
Outstanding
David Riemer
This book is brilliant, reflecting the mind of its author, Fr. Robert Spitzer. The organization of concepts that Spitzer uses to guide the reader through his argument reflects the clarity and correctness of his positions. Spitzer is, first and foremost, a teacher; this shines through every page of this vital book. A basic background in logic and philosophy will help the reader, but if these are lacking, Spitzer provides more than adequate glosses on every topic he deals with.

The unifying princip
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Robert J. Spitzer, SJ, Ph.D., is a Jesuit priest, philosopher, and educator, and retired President of Gonzaga University (Spokane, WA).

Fr. Spitzer is currently the president of the Magis Center of Faith and Reason and the Spitzer Center for Ethical Leadership.

http://www.magisreasonfaith.org/
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