Ethicist Margaret Hogan to speak on “Gordian knot” of abortion

Author: Michael O. Garvey


Margaret Monahan Hogan, McNerney-Hanson Professor of Ethics at theUniversityofPortland, will speak onBioethics and Its Gordian Knotat4 p.m.March 23 (Friday) in the auditorium of the University of Notre Dames McKenna Hall.

The lecture is sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Culture and the Notre Dame Alumni Associations Alumni Continuing Education office as the 22 nd annual J. Philip Clarke Family Lecture in Medical Ethics.Hogan will discuss the ethicalGordian knotof 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 theUniversityofPortlands faculty in 2003, also is executive director of itsGaraventaCenterfor Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture.She was graduated fromImmaculataCollegeand holds masters and doctoral degrees in philosophy from Fordham and Marquette universities, respectively.

Hogans research and teaching concern medical and business ethics, natural law, epistemology, and the Catholic tradition.Her publications include, most recently, the 2003 bookMarriage as a Relationship: Real and Rational,which examines the natural law foundation of marriage.

A fellow of Notre Dames 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.

More information about this years conference is available from its Web site at

TopicID: 21726