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Kass, Leon

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Most widely held works by Leon Kass
Life, liberty, and the defense of dignity : the challenge for bioethics by Leon Kass( Book )

28 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in English and held by 2,015 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"At the outset of Life, Liberty and the Defense of Dignity, Leon Kass gives us a status report on where we stand today: "Human nature itself lies on the operating table, ready for alteration, for eugenic and psychic 'enhancement, ' for wholesale redesign. In leading laboratories, academic and industrial, new creators are confidently amassing their powers and quietly honing their skills, while on the street their evangelists are zealously prophesying a posthuman future. For anyone who cares about preserving our humanity, the time has come for paying attention."" "Trained as a medical doctor and a biochemist, Dr. Kass has become one of our most provocative thinkers on bioethical issues. Now, in this brave and searching book, he also establishes himself as a prophetic voice summoning us to think deeply about the new biomedical technologies threatening to take us back to the future envisioned by Aldous Huxley in Brave New World. As in Huxley's dystopia, where life has been smoothed out by genetic manipulation, psychoactive drugs and high-tech amusement, our own accelerating efforts to master reproduction and genetic endowment, to retard aging, and to conquer illness, imperfection and even death are animated by our most humane and progressive aspirations. But we are walking too quickly down the road to physical and psychological utopia, Kass believes, without pausing to assess the potential damage to our humanity from this brave new biology."--Jacket
The ethics of human cloning by Leon Kass( Book )

9 editions published between 1998 and 2002 in English and held by 1,416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this engaging book, Leon R. Kass, the noted teacher, scientist, and humanist, and James Q. Wilson, the preeminent political scientist to whom four U.S. presidents have turned for advice on crime, drug abuse, education, and other crises in American life, explore the ethics of human cloning, reproductive technology, and the teleology of human sexuality. Although in their lively dialogue both authors share a fundamental distrust of the notion of human cloning, they base their reticence on different views of the role of sexual reproduction and the role of the family. Professor Kass contends that in vitro fertilization and other assisted reproduction technologies that place the origin of human life in human hands have eroded the respect for the mystery of sexuality and human renewal. Professor Wilson, on the other hand, asserts that whether a human life is created naturally or artificially is immaterial as long as the child is raised by loving parents in a two-parent family and is not harmed by the means of its conception. This accessible volume promises to inform the public policy debate over the permissible conduct of genetic research and the permissible uses of its discoveries
Beyond therapy : biotechnology and the pursuit of happiness by President's Council on Bioethics (U.S.)( Book )

23 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and Japanese and held by 1,080 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher description: A groundbreaking new exploration of the promises and perils of biotechnology -- and the future of American society. Biotechnology offers exciting prospects for healing the sick and relieving suffering. But because our growing powers also enable alterations in the workings of the body and mind, they are becoming attractive to healthy people who would just like to look younger, perform better, feel happier, or become more "perfect." This landmark book -- the product of more than sixteen months of research and reflection by the members of the President's Council on Bioethics -- explores the profound ethical and social consequences of today's biotechnical revolution. Almost every week brings news of novel methods for screening genes and testing embryos, choosing the sex and modifying the behavior of children, enhancing athletic performance, slowing aging, blunting painful memories, brightening mood, and altering basic temperaments. But we must not neglect the fundamental question: Should we be turning to biotechnology to fulfill our deepest human desires? We want better children -- but not by turning procreation into manufacture or by altering their brains to gain them an edge over their peers. We want to perform better in the activities of life -- but not by becoming mere creatures of chemistry. We want longer lives -- but not at the cost of becoming so obsessed with our own longevity that we care little about future generations. We want to be happy -- but not by taking a drug that gives us happy feelings without the genuine loves, attachments, and achievements that are essential to true human flourishing. As we enjoy the benefits of biotechnology, members of the council contend, we need to hold fast to an account of the human being seen not in material or mechanistic or medical terms but in psychic, moral, and spiritual ones. By grasping the limits of our new powers, we can savor the fruits of the age of biotechnology without succumbing to its most dangerous temptations. Beyond Therapy takes these issues out of the narrow circle of bioethics professionals and into the larger public arena, where matters of this importance rightly belong
Toward a more natural science : biology and human affairs by Leon Kass( Book )

23 editions published between 1969 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,040 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The promise and the peril of our are inextricably linked with the promise and the peril of modern science. On the one hand, the spread of knowledge has overcome superstition and reduce fear born of ignorance, and the application of science through technology has made life less poor, nasty, brutish and short
The beginning of wisdom : reading Genesis by Leon Kass( Book )

11 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 1,037 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looks at the wisdom of nature and of man as seen through an interpreation of the book of Genesis
The hungry soul : eating and the perfecting of our nature by Leon Kass( Book )

20 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and Spanish and held by 649 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wing to wing, oar to oar : readings on courting and marrying( Book )

3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 415 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Intended to help young people of marriageable age and their parents think about the meaning, purpose, and virtues of marriage and, especially, about finding the right person with whom to make a life"--Jacket
Organism, medicine, and metaphysics : essays in honor of Hans Jonas on his 75th birthday, May 10, 1978 by Stuart F Spicker( Book )

1 edition published in 1978 in English and held by 327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This Festschrift is presented to Professor Hans Jonas on the occasion of his seventy-fifth birthday, as affirmation of the contributors' respect and admiration. As a volume in the series 'Philosophy and Medicine' the contributions not only reflect certain interests and pursuits of the scholar to whom it is dedi cated, but also serve to bring to convergence the interests of the contributors in the history of humanity and medicine, the theory of organism, medicine in the service of the patient's autonomy, and the metaphysical, i.e., phenome nological foundations of medicine. Notwithstanding the nature of such personal gifts as the authors' contributions (which, with the exception of the late Hannah Arendt's, appear here for the first time), the essays also transcend the personal and serve to elaborate specific themes and theses disclosed in the numerous writings of Hans Jonas. The editor owes a personal debt of gratitude to many, including Hannah Arendt, who offered their assistance during the preparation of the volume
Apples of gold in pictures of silver : honoring the work of Leon R. Kass by Yuval Levin( )

4 editions published in 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Leon R. Kass has been helping Americans better understand the human condition for over four decades--as a teacher, writer, scholar, public champion of the humanities, and defender of human dignity. From bioethics to civic education, from interpreting the Bible to weighing the moral implications of modern science, Kass has offered wisdom, guidance, and instruction. In this volume, fifteen of kass's admirers--including students, colleagues, and friends--honor his work by reflecting on the broad range of subjects to which he has devoted his life's work. Some of the essays offer interpretations of great works of literature and philosophy from Homer, Sophocles, and Plato to Rousseau, Franklin, Jane Austen, Hawthorne, and Henry James. Others examine the significance of Kass's work as a bioethicist and chairman of the President's Council on Bioethics and as an interpreter of the Book of Genesis. The essays collected in Apples of Gold in Pictures of Silver offer a sense of the breath of Kass's interests and insights and the influence he has had on generations of scholars. The reader is further acquainted with the career of Leon R. Kass by a biographical introduction and a comprehensive listing of his published writings and the courses he has taught."--Jacket
What so proudly we hail : the American soul in story, speech, and song( Book )

5 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Developing robust American citizens involves educating the heart as well as the mind. It is not enough to understand our nation's lofty principles or know our history; thoughtful and engaged citizens require cultivated moral imaginations and fitting sentiments and attitudes--matters both displayed in and nurtured by our great works of imaginative literature and rhetoric. This rich anthology uses the soul-shaping power of story, speech, and song to help Americans realize more deeply--and appreciate more fully--who they are as citizens of the United States. Inspiring and thought-provoking, it features dozens of selections on American identity, character, and civic life by our country's greatest writers and leaders--from Mark Twain to John Updike, from George Washington to Theodore Roosevelt, from Willa Cather to Flannery O'Connor, from Benjamin Franklin to Martin Luther King Jr., from Francis Scott Key to Irving Berlin.--From publisher description
Bill Moyers: Genesis : a living conversation( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moyers leads small-group discussions on the Book of Genesis with people of diverse backgrounds, professions, and faith traditions
Leading a worthy life : finding meaning in modern times by Leon Kass( Book )

6 editions published in 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Most American young people, like their ancestors, harbor desires for a worthy life: a life of meaning, a life that makes sense. But they are increasingly confused about what such a life might look like, and how they might, in the present age, be able to live one. With a once confident culture no longer offering authoritative guidance, the young are now at sea - regarding work, family, religion, and civic identity. The true, the good , and the beautiful have few defenders, and the higher cynicism mocks any innocent love of wisdom or love of country. We are supercompetent regarding efficiency and convenience; we are at a loss regarding what it's all for. Yet because the old orthodoxies have crumbled, our "interesting time" paradoxically offers genuine opportunities for renewal and growth. The old Socratic question "How to live?" suddenly commands serious attention. Young Americans, if liberated from the prevailing cynicism, will readily embrace weighty questions and undertake serious quests for a flourishing life. All they (and we) need is encouragement. This book provides that necessary encouragement by illuminating crucial - and still available - aspects of a worthy life, and by defending them against their enemies. With chapters on love, family, and friendship; human excellence and human dignity; teaching, learning, and truth; and the great human aspirations of Western civilization, it offers help to both secular and religious readers, to people who are looking on their own for meaning and to people who are looking to deepen what they have been taught or to square it with the spirit of our times. -- from dust jacket
The moral implications of scientific advances: Leon R. Kass( Visual )

2 editions published between 1994 and 2004 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bill Moyers interviews Dr. Kass, a physician, philosopher, and professor at the University of Chicago, who believes that scientific discoveries have raised questions which scientific reasoning cannot answer. Dr. Kass explores the moral implications of euthanasia and of medical advances in assisted reproduction
Leon Kass( Visual )

8 editions published between 1988 and 1990 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leon Kass of the University of Chicago talks about the role of the physician who works with people at the most critical times of their lives. The place of medical ethics is also discussed
The Great ideas today, 1978( Book )

1 edition published in 1978 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Problems in the meaning of death( Recording )

2 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leon R. Kass of the National Research Council and William F. May of Indiana University and others discuss ideas about life and death and how these ideas affect and are affected by medical and scientific practice
La sfida della bioetica : la vita, la libertà e la difesa della dignità umana by Leon Kass( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in Spanish and Italian and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leon Kass( Visual )

1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leon Kass of the University of Chicago shares his insights into the study of science, morality and the search for souls in pt. I and in pt. II, pursues spiritual answers for his own profession as he focuses on the moral implications of euthanasia and reproduction technology
Bread and the hungry soul : conversation with Leon Kass and Peter Reinhart by Leon Kass( Recording )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Leon Kass, physician, biologist and professor of philosophy at the University of Chicago, discusses his book "The Hungry Soul," in which he explores how the activity of eating provides clues for understanding human nature and helps guide morality and communal life. Then, Brother Peter Reinhart talks about the art of breadmaking as a metaphor for spiritual life."--Mars Hill catalogue
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The ethics of human cloning
The ethics of human cloningBeyond therapy : biotechnology and the pursuit of happinessToward a more natural science : biology and human affairsThe beginning of wisdom : reading GenesisThe hungry soul : eating and the perfecting of our natureWing to wing, oar to oar : readings on courting and marryingApples of gold in pictures of silver : honoring the work of Leon R. KassWhat so proudly we hail : the American soul in story, speech, and song
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Kass, Leon.

Kass, Leon R.

Kass, Leon R. 1939-

Leon Kass American academic

Leon Kass Amerikaanse wetenschappers

Leon Kass US-amerikanischer Akademiker

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