Apples of Gold in Pictures of Silver: Honoring the Work of Leon R. Kass

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Lexington Books, 2010 - Medical - 292 pages
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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 Leon 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 breadth of Kass's interests and insights and of 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.
 

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Contents

The Homecoming of Penelope
1
The World through Bens Bifocals
21
Medicalizing Childhood
35
Washington Square
49
The Silence of the Spartan
65
Torah Transformed
89
Leon Kass and the Poets
101
Toward a Richer Public Bioethics
109
From HearthFires to HellFires
175
Fraternity in Antigone
197
Children of Skeptics
227
The GodSeeking Animal
247
The Traditional Animal
257
Courses Taught by Leon R Kass
273
Published Writings of Leon R Kass
275
Index
287

Philosophic Anthropology in Rousseau and Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
123
Selfknowledge and Moral Seriousness in Jane Austens Pride and Prejudice
153
About the Contributors
291
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About the author (2010)

Yuval Levin is editor of National Aff airs and a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC. Thomas W. Merrill is assistant professor of government at American University in Washington, DC, and was a senior research analyst at the PresidentOs Council on Bioethics. Adam Schulman is a tutor at St. JohnOs College, Annapolis, and was a senior research consultant at the PresidentOs Council on Bioethics.

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