Editors' Introduction

Journal of Social Philosophy 46 (1):1-8 (2015)
  Copy   BIBTEX


Existing accounts of meaning in reproductive contexts, especially those put forward in debates concerning abortion, tend to focus on the (moral) status of the fetus. This issue on miscarriage, pregnancy loss, and fetal death accomplishes a shift this conversation, in the direction of pushing past embryo-centric value judgments. To put it bluntly, the miscarried embryo is not the one who has to live with the experience. The essays in this special issue are a significant addition to the scarce literature on miscarriage and fetal death. Contributions are from specialists in continental and analytical philosophy, feminism, bioethics, theoretical and applied ethics, social and political philosophy, social epistemology and philosophy of language, narrative, aesthetics, popular culture, and gender studies. As guest editors, we sought to offer a variety of approaches to the topic, to further the understanding of miscarriage and fetal death as important to many areas of philosophy, especially social philosophy. We suggest that the unchosenness and invisibility of miscarriage are central to its seeming irrelevance to social identities and social norms of testimony, recognition, and ascription of significance to experiences.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 92,075

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Introduction. Editors' introduction.Oskari Kuusela & Marie McGinn - 2011 - In Oskari Kuusela & Marie McGinn (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Wittgenstein. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press. pp. 10-14.
Truth, freedom, and evil. Anselm - 1965 - New York,: Harper & Row. Edited by Jasper Hopkins & Herbert Warren Richardson.
Introduction.Kathryn J. Norlock & Andrea Veltman - 2009 - Hypatia 24 (1):3-8.
Music in German philosophy: an introduction.Stefan Lorenz Sorgner & Oliver Fürbeth (eds.) - 2010 - Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Editors' introduction.J. Slomka & M. Smith - 1994 - HEC Forum 6 (1):1-2.
Editors' Introduction to the First Edition.[author unknown] - 2012 - Teaching Philosophy Today:7-7.
Editors' Introduction to the Second Edition.[author unknown] - 2012 - Teaching Philosophy Today:5-6.
Editors' introduction.Frans H. Eemeren & Rob Grootendorst - 1992 - Argumentation 6 (2):137-139.
Guest Editors’ Introduction.Guy van Damme - 2002 - Professional Ethics, a Multidisciplinary Journal 10 (2-3):3-5.
Editors' introduction.R. C. Olby & M. J. S. Hodge - 1985 - Annals of Science 42 (3):187-188.
Guest Editors’ Introduction.David Perry - 2000 - Professional Ethics, a Multidisciplinary Journal 8 (3-4):1-2.
Editors' introduction.Carl J. Posy & Michael T. Ferejohn - 1993 - Synthese 96 (3):333-334.
Editors’ Introduction.Peg Birmingham & Lenard Lawlor - 2009 - Philosophy Today 53 (Supplement):3-4.


Added to PP

32 (#500,491)

6 months
12 (#214,382)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author Profiles

Kathryn J. Norlock
Trent University
Ann Cahill
Elon College
Byron J. Stoyles
Trent University

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references