Leon R. Kass
Chapter 21. The Wisdom of Repugnance

Leon Kass   Leon Kass is Addie Clark Harding Professor (on leave) in the Committee on Social Thought and the College of the University of Chicago as well as a Hertog Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC.  Kass is a graduate of the University of Chicago School of Medicine and also holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Harvard University. He has served as a surgeon for the U.S. Public Health Service and has held positions in the field of medical ethics at the National Academy of Sciences, St. John's College, and the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University. Among his books are Toward a More Natural Science: Biology and Human Affairs (1988) and The Hungry Soul: Eating and the Perfecting of Our Nature (1994).  In August 2001, Kass was named chairman of a new Council on Bioethics by President George W. Bush, in his speech on stem cell research.


Summary of The Ethics of Human Cloning by James Q. Wilson and Leon Kass (from which Kass's chapter in Technology and the Future was taken). Order this book from Amazon.com, through the Technology and the Future Bookstore.

Kass's bio on the President's Council on Bioethics web site.

Opinion of Circuit Judge Alice L. Gilbert in the State of Michigan v. Jack Kevorkian, February 5, 1991.  Cites Kass's testimony as an expert in medical ethics opposing the participation of a physician in the suicide of a patient.

Wesley J. Smith, "Kass, In the Firing Line," National Review Online (December 5, 2003).  Defense of Kass against his critics by a conservative commentator.

Transcript of a Bill Moyers interview with Leon Kass (July 25, 2003) on PBS.org.

"Leon Kass:  The Ethics Cop," profile on CNN.com by Michele Orecklin (August 20, 2001).

Leon R. Kass, "The End of Courtship," The Public Interest.

"Chair of the Presidentís Council on Bioethics Dr. Leon Kass Calls for Ban on Human Cloning, Delivers Second Annual Rabbi Seymour Siegel Memorial Lecture in Ethics" at Duke University Law School.

"What's Your Name?", essay by Amy A. Kass and Leon R. Kass in First Things  (November 1995)

Discussion of Kass's book, The Hungry Soul, in The University of Chicago Alumni Magazine (December 1994)

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