What it Means to be Human: The Case for the Body in Public Bioethics
Audio recording of a lecture given by O. Carter Snead on October 7, 2022 as part of the Dean's Lecture & Concert Series. The Dean's Office has provided this description of the event: "The natural limits of the human body make us vulnerable and dependent on others. Yet law and policy concerning biomedical research and the practice of medicine frequently disregard these stubborn facts. O. Carter Snead makes the case for a new paradigm and framework for public bioethics, one rooted in a vision of human identity and flourishing that supports those who are profoundly vulnerable and dependent -- children, the disabled and the elderly. He addresses three complex issues: abortion, assisted reproductive technology and end-of-life decisions. Avoiding typical dichotomies of conservative-liberal and secular-religious, he recasts debates within his framework of embodiment and dependence, concluding that if the law is built on premises that reflect our lived experience, it will provide support for the vulnerable."
Santa Fe, NM
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