Joseph Mazor/ Kristina Musholt

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Tuesday 15 January 2013, 6.30 – 8pm
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Joseph Mazor, LSE Fellow, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method

Chair: Kristina Musholt, LSE Fellow, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method and Deputy Director of the Forum for European Philosophy

Circumcision has recently come under scrutiny, with some arguing that the circumcision of young children for religious reasons should not be permitted. In this lecture, Joe Mazor made five arguments defending the permissibility of circumcision: first he challenged absolutist claims regarding bodily integrity; second he questioned the harm to the autonomy interest of the child; third he questioned the harm from the reduction in sexual pleasure; fourth he highlighted the benefit of saving the religious child the pain of adult circumcision; and fifth he raised a worry about the potential alienation of the child from his religion.