This paper focuses on Plato and Aristotle’s views about the abortion. It firstly reviews Plato’s reflections on this topic starting from his philosophical works about the ideal state; it secondly analyses Aristotle’s biological thought, with particular attention to embryology. Another issue considered is the importance of eugenetic criterion in con- nection of family planning and ancient Greek demography. It also evaluates Hippocrates and hippocratic physicians’ assessments of the risks involved as a reflection of communis opinio on this topic.

I Greci e l’aborto fra teoria politica e prassi medica. Per una rilettura di Platone, Aristotele, Ippocrate

Laura Loddo
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2013-01-01

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This paper focuses on Plato and Aristotle’s views about the abortion. It firstly reviews Plato’s reflections on this topic starting from his philosophical works about the ideal state; it secondly analyses Aristotle’s biological thought, with particular attention to embryology. Another issue considered is the importance of eugenetic criterion in con- nection of family planning and ancient Greek demography. It also evaluates Hippocrates and hippocratic physicians’ assessments of the risks involved as a reflection of communis opinio on this topic.
Abortion; Pregnancy; Medical thought; Hippocratic oath; Plato; Aristotle
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