Marvin Kohl Marvin Kohl


Benevolence/Beneficence/Love; Matters of Life and Death;
and the Social Philosophy of Bertrand Russell


Infanticide and the Value of Life, Prometheus Books, 1978, edited

Beneficent Euthanasia, Prometheus Books, 1975, edited

The Morality of Killing:  Sanctity of Life, Euthanasia, and Abortion, Peter Owen and Humanities Press, 1974


"Argument, Evidence, and Religion - A review of Erik J. Wielenberg's God and the Reach of Reason:  C. S. Lewis, David Hume, and Bertrand Russell," Bertrand Russell Society Quarterly,
Nos. 140-141, Nov-Feb 2009, 32-34

[Article]  "Bertrand Russell on Fear: A Prolegomena," Bertrand Russell Society Quarterly, Nos. 136-139 (November 2007 - August 2008), 25-32

[Article] "
Tolerance and the War on Religion," Humanistic Judaism, 35: 3-4, 2007, 28-29

[Reprint]  "Altruistic Promethean Humanism," Promethean Love. Tim Madigan, ed., Cambridge Scholars Press, 2006, 191-203.  Originally published in Free Inquiry 14:4 (1994), 43-47.

[Political Position Paper]  "Death With Dignity," Chelsea Reform Democratic Club,, 1 page, 2003

[Article]  "Right to Life and the Use of Violence," Sidney Hook Reconsidered, Matthew J. Cotter, ed., Amherst, Prometheus Books, 2004,161-168, 2004

[Article]  "Beneficence,"  Encyclopedia of Ethics 2nd  Edition, Lawrence & Charlotte Becker,  Co-editors, New York and London: Routledge, 2001, 128-133

[Article]  "Euthanasia," Encyclopedia of Ethics 2nd  Edition, Lawrence & Charlotte Becker,Co-editors, New York and London: Routledge, 2001, 492- 498

[Article]  "Life and Death," Encyclopedia of Ethics 2nd  Edition, Lawrence & Charlotte Becker, Co-editors,  New York and London: Routledge, 2001, 993-1000

[Article]  "Wisdom and the Axiom of Futility," The Philosophical Forum 32:1, 2001, 73-93

[Note]  "Commitment to Overriding Values," Symposium on Humanist Manifesto  II, The Humanist 58:6 (1998), 29-30

[Book Note]  Ramendra Nath,  "The Ethical Philosophy of Bertrand Russell," Ethics 106:1(1995), 224

[Essay]  "Russell and the Happy Life," Free Inquiry  15:4(Fall 1995), 43

[Essay]  "The Nature of Promethean Ethics,"  Newsletter of the Centre for Applied Ethics (Hong Kong) 3:1 (May 1995), 2-5.  Reprinted in The Humanist, January/February 1996, 45

[Chapter]  "Caring Love and Liberty: Some Questions," [revision of the 1992 article]  The Nature and Pursuit of Love: The Philosophy of  Irving Singer on Love,  David Goicoechea, ed., Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 1995, 221-228

[Chapter]  "Singer's Idealization of Love: A Postscript," The Nature and Pursuit of Love: The Philosophy of Irving Singer on Love, David Goicoechea, ed., Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 1995, 229-235

[Article]  "Promethean Altruistic Humanism,"  Free Inquiry 14:4(1994), 43-47

[Article]  "Gandhi on Love: A Reply to Ian M. Harris," The Acorn: The Journal of the Gandhi-King Society 8:1 (1993), 24-26

[Article]  "Russell and the Attainment of Happiness," Humanist in Canada 105 (1993), 9-13.  Reprint of 1984 paper.

[Article]  "Bertrand Russell's Characterization of Benevolent Love," Russell 12:2 (1992-93), 116-134

[Book Review]  "Russell Was Not Buddha," Russell 12:2(1992-93), 224

[Article]  "Altruistic Humanism and Voluntary Beneficent Euthanasia,"  Issues in Law & Medicine 8:3  (1992), 331-341

[Note]  "Epistemological Igtheism," Free Inquiry, 12:2 (Spring 1992), 60**
[Article]  "Having a Meaningful vs. a  Meaningless Life,"  The Humanist 52 (Nov/Dec 1992), 39-41

[Article]  "Dignity and the Good Life," The Humanist 52 (Sept/Oct 1992), 40

[Article]  "Humanism and Caring for Others," The Humanist 52 (July/August 1992), 48

[Article]  "Life and Death," Encyclopedia of Ethics, Lawrence Becker, Editor, NY:  Garland, 1992, 721-728

[Article]  "Euthanasia," Encyclopedia of Ethics, Lawrence Becker, Editor, NY: Garland, 1992, 335-339

[Article]  "Humanism and the Justification of Belief:  A Reply to Benjamin, Swanson, and Zamulinski," (abridged version), Free Inquiry 12:1 (1992), 56-57

[Article]  "Caring Love and Liberty: Some Questions," Free Inquiry 12:2 (1992), 49-51, 54

[Chapter]  "Towards Understanding the Pragmatics of Absolute Pacifism," In the Interest of Peace:  A Spectrum of Philosophic Views, edited by Kenneth H. Klein and Joseph C. Kunkel, Longwood  Academic, 1990, 227-236

[Article]  "Skepticism and Happiness," Free Inquiry 10:3 (1990), 40-42

[Note]  "Happiness and Love," New Age News, Spring/Summer, 1990, 6

[Note]  "Brink, Russell, and Rational Love," Bertrand Russell Newsletter 6 (November 1989), 3

[Article]  "Prospective Wisdom and Euthanasia," in Building a World Community: Humanism in the Twenty-First Century, ed. by Paul Kurtz, Prometheus,1989, 305-309

[Note]  "Wisdom, Death, and the Quality of Life,"  Free Inquiry 8:3 (Summer 1988), 19

[Review Essay]  "Euthanasia and the Quality of Life," Journal of Pain Management 2:1 (1987), 53-55

[Article]  "Russell on the Utility of Religion:  Copleston's Critique," International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 22 (1987), 69-79

[Article]  "Russell's Happiness Paradox," Russell 7:1  (1987),86-88

[Chapter]  "Moral Arguments For and Against Maximally Treating Defective Newborns," Euthanasia and the Newborn, Richard C. McMillan et al., Reidel, 1987, 233-252

[Book Review]  L.W. Sumner's Abortion and Moral Theory, International Studies in Philosophy 18:3 (1986), 101-102

[Review Essay]  "The Functions of Monogamous Marriage," Russell 5:2(1985-86), 162-168

[Editorial]  "Abortion and the Ideal of Tolerance," Free Inquiry 5:1(Winter 1984/1985), 6

[Book Review]  Alan H. Goldman's The Moral Foundations of Professional Studies, International Studies in Philosophy 16:1 (1984), 109-111

[Article]  "Bertrand Russell and the Attainability of Happiness," International Studies in Philosophy 16:3  (1984), 109-111.  Reprinted in the Humanist in Canada 105 (1993), 9-13

[Note]  "The Rationality of Suicide," Bertrand Russell Society Newsletter #41 (February 1984), 17

[Chapter]  "Is Human Life Itself a Value?" Sidney Hook: Philosopher of Democracy and Humanism, P. Kurtz, ed., Prometheus, 1983,189-192

[Book Rev]  W.L. McBride's Social Theory at a Crossroads, International Studies in Philosophy 15:2 (1983), 97-98

[Correspondence]  Reply to Professors Noel Smith and William Fink on AbortionFree Inquiry 3:4  (1983), 42

[Note]  "Abortion as a Mixed Good," Free Inquiry 3:1(l982/83), 42

[Correspondence]  "Bertrand Russell Speaks," Humanist, Jan/Feb 1982

[Article]  "The Right to Life as the Primary Moral Rule." Tenth Interamerican Congress of Philosophy, Florida State University, 1981, 17 page mimeo. Abstract in Abstracts of Papers from the Tenth Interamerican Congress of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, Florida State University, 1982, 68.

[Book Rev]  William Conklin's In Defense of Fundamental Rights, Ethics, Jan 1982, 390

[Article]  "Meaning of Life and Happiness," Dialectics and Humanism 8:4 (1981), 39-43

[Reply to Tibor Machan]  "Egoism," Free Inquiry 2:1(1981), 39

[Article]  "Infanticide: A Reply to Leslie Fiedler," The Journal of American Culture 14:4 (1981), 679-80

[Article]  "Meaning of Life and Belief in God," Free Inquiry 1:2(1981),10, 35

[With Paul Kurtz]  "A Secular Humanist Declaration," Free Inquiry 1:1(1980/1981), 3-7

[Article]  "Morality Without Religion," Free Inquiry 1:1(1980/1981), 28, 30

[Chapter]  "On Suffering," and "A Reply to Paul Kurtz [on the Nature of Humanism]" Humanistic Ethics, ed. by M.  Storer, Prometheus, 1980, 173-178, 178, respectively

[Book Rev]  David Lyon's Rights, Universal Human Rights (now the Human Rights Quarterly) 2:2 (1980), 99-100

[Discussion]  "Comment on Konstantin Kolenda's Globalism vs. Consensual Pluralism," Humanistic Ethics, ed. by Morris Storer, Buffalo, Prometheus,1980,119-120

[Article]  "Kindliness:  Some Classic Views," Journal of Medical Ethics 5:1 (1979), 35-37

[Chapter]  "The Voluntary Ending of Life and Meaningless Existence," in The Dying Human, A. de Vries &  A. Carmi, eds., Turtledove, 1978, 253-261

[Article]  "Karen Quinlan:  Human Rights and Wrongful Killing," Connecticut Medicine (1978),  579-583 . Reprinted in Bioethics and Human Rights,B. & E.  Bandman, eds., Little, Brown, 1978,121-128

[Review Essay]  "Ecology and the Ethics of Accommodation," The Humanist (July/August 1978),  47-48

[Chapter]  "Euthanasia and the Right to Life," Philosophical Medical Ethics:  Its Nature and Significance, S .F.  Spicker and H. T. Englehardt, Jr., eds., Reidel, 1977, 73-84

[Discussion]  "Comments on Human Rights, Fetal Research, and Experimentation," in Human Tissue for In Vitro Research, Carol Schiller, ed., Rockville,Maryland: The Tissue Culture  Association, 1977, 124, 145, 146, 151

[Reply]  "Life and Death in the U.S.A.," Encounter (April1976), 92

[Review Essay]  "Democracy and Social Reform," The Humanist (May/June 1976), 36-37

[Note]  "On Death, Dying and the Karen Quinlan Cases," The Humanist (Jan/Feb 1976),16

[Chapter]  "Voluntary Beneficent Euthanasia,"  in Beneficent Euthanasia, l975, 130-141.  Reprinted in Philosophy and the Human Condition, T. Beauchamp, W. Blackstone, & J. Feinberg, eds., Prentice-Hall, 1980, 292-298 and  in Readings in Society, Ethics, and the Life Sciences, New York:  The Hastings Center, 1978, 1979, 1980, and 1981

[Review Essay]  "Joseph Fletcher:  Prophet of the New Great Hope," The Humanist (May/June 1975), 36

[Article]  "Beneficent Euthanasia," The Humanist (July/August, 1974), 9-11

[Review Essay]  "Values of Mysticism," The Humanist (Sept/Oct 1974), 41-42

[Principal Author]  "A Plea  for Beneficent Euthanasia,"  The Humanist, July/August 1974, 415

[Note]  "Is a Fetus Human?The Humanist 32:3(l973), 8

[Correspondence]  A  Reply to Ann Stewart (on abortion).  Dissent (Winter 1973), 128

[Chapter]  "The Sanctity of Life Principle,"  Humanistic Perspectives in Medical Ethics, Maurice Vischer, ed., Prometheus, 1972, 39-61.  Reprinted in The Morality of Killing,1974, 3-23

[Article]  "Abortion and the Slippery Slope," Dissent (Fall 1972),741-743. Reprinted in The Morality of Killing, 1974, 46-50.  Also reprinted in the Annual Editions Readings in Social Problems l973-1974, Guilford, Connecticut, 1973, 120-1220

[Article]  "Understanding the Case for Beneficent Euthanasia," Science, Medicine, and Man 1:2  (1973), 111-121,  Reprinted in The Morality of Killing, 1974, 92-110

[Correspondence]  "A Reply to Thomas L. Shaffer (on abortion laws)," The New York Times, June 28, 1972

[Book Rev]  Robert Hoffman's Language, Minds, and Knowledge, Philosophy & Phenomenological  Research 32:2 (1972), 282-283

[Article]  "Abortion and the Argument from Innocence,"  Inquiry 14:1-2(1971), 147-151. Reprinted in The Problem of Abortion, J. Feinberg, ed.,  Wadsworth,1973, 28-32 and also in The Morality of  Killing, 1974, 39-45

[Article]  "Austin on Vagueness,"  The Journal of Critical Analysis 3:1 (l971), 17-23

[Article]  "The Term 'Human Being,'" Names 19:3 (1971),221-22

[Book Rev]  J.T. Saunders and D.F. Henze's The Private Language Problem, Philosophy & Phemenological  Research 29:4 (1969), 610

[Article]  "Vague Words," 1968 International Conference on General  Semantics, ed. M. Elwood, Lakeville, Conn.:Institute of General Semantics, 1969, 17p mimeo

[Article]  "Bertrand Russell on Vagueness," Australasian Journal of Philosophy 47:1 (1969), 31- 41

[Article]  "Ought God Be in Webster's Third?" Names 16:2 (l968),134-135

[Article]  "The Word 'Mercy' and the Problem of Euthanasia," The American Rationalist 9:10 (1965), 5-7.  Reprinted in The Morality of Killing,1974, 71-76

[Article]  "The Unanimity Argument and the Mystics," The Hibbert Journal 58:230 (1960), 268-275

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