Our public discussion of "hot button" issues most often involves people talking past each other. Prof. Camosy drives deeply into some the most highly charged and emotional issues in our public discourse, but in a way that honors the complexity of the topic and multiple points of view. Camosy's work reflects the principle that "intellectual solidarity" can open new ways of thinking about issues that may seem hopelessly polarized.
Common ground is possible.
Camosy cuts through the mass confusion surrounding abortion and lays out solid common ground, arguing that our polarized public discourse hides the fact that most Americans actually agree on the major issues at stake in abortion morality and law.
Through something he calls "intellectual solidarity," Camosy's work resists the polarization and lazy binaries that domainte our discourse. Instead of cariacture and attack, he works respond to those who disagree wit interest and, first of all, by listening. He works not only often find common ground, but to make disagreements more precise, interesting, fruitful.
Camosy urges an honest and thoughtful look at the responsibility Christians with respect to animals that explains how traditional Christian ideas and principles—like nonviolence, concern for the vulnerable, respect for life, stewardship of God's creation, and rejection of consumerism—frame the moral treatment of animals.
Issues surrounding health care are particularly volatile in today's culture — not least because of the growing realization that (1) everyone has a basic right to health care and (2) we simply don't have the resources to provide for everyone's health care needs.
Camosy's work in medical ethics attempts to move beyond the right/left polarization on this issue by directly addressing the most difficult and emotional questions.