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Ethicist Margaret Hogan to speak on "Gordian knot" of abortion

Author: Arts and Letters


Margaret Monahan Hogan, McNerney-Hanson Professor of Ethics at the University of Portland, will speak on “Bioethics and Its Gordian Knot” at 4p.m. March 23 (Friday) in the auditorium of the University of Notre Dame’s McKenna Hall.

The lecture is sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Culture and the Notre Dame Alumni Association’s Alumni Continuing Education office as the 22nd annual J. Philip Clarke Family Lecture in Medical Ethics. Hogan will discuss the ethical “Gordian knot” of legal abortion, its hold on American life and the manner in which it was tied by cultural predispositions, a predominant liberal philosophy and judicial decree.

Hogan, who joined the University of Portland’s faculty in 2003, also is executive director of its Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture. She was graduated from Immaculata College and holds master’s and doctoral degrees in philosophy from Fordham and Marquette universities, respectively.

Hogan’s research and teaching concern medical and business ethics, natural law, epistemology, and the Catholic tradition. Her publications include, most recently, the 2003 book “Marriage as a Relationship: Real and Rational,” which examines the natural law foundation of marriage.

A fellow of Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture, Hogan serves a variety of hospitals and health care organizations as a medical ethicist. She also is past president of the Center for Academic Integrity.

The Clarke lecture is the keynote address for the Alumni Association’s annual meeting of Notre Dame alumni physicians. The meeting brings together practicing physicians and health care workers, medical ethicists, theologians, and philosophers todiscuss and analyze case studies which pose ethical dilemmas in various areas of clinical practice.

Originally published by Michael O. Garvey at on March 16, 2007.