Jonathan Moreno: The Politicization of Bioethics

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The journal Nature calls his work “fascinating and unsettling;” New York Times calls it “earnest and chilling.” Penn professor Jonathan Moreno, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress who has influenced national security policy, is set for a sit-down conversation with Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia’s Hugh Taft-Morales, as part of its “Ethics on the Square” program, to discuss the politicization of bioethics and his acclaimed book, The Body Politic, named a Best Book of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews.

What makes a moral action in our scientific age?  What is the scope of ethics in terms of military or medical decisions today? What circumstances lead to our decisions, and do these circumstances have an impact on the morality, or immorality, of our actions?  In the 19th century, Immanuel Kant argued that intent behind an action is supreme; conversely, to John Stuart Mill, the practical outcome of an action helps determine its morality. To Moreno, these millennia-old questions of morality are more relevant than ever:  to military, political, and medical decisions. Lucky for us, we can find out exactly what the modern philosopher has to say this week at the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia, which offers seminars and Q&A sessions with philosophers and experts for all Philadelphians wishing to incorporate ethical knowledge alongside their modern existence. // JOSH KRUGER

7pm. Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square. 215.735.3456.  phillyethics.org
 

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