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Kass, Leon

Overview
Works: 83 works in 189 publications in 2 languages and 9,061 library holdings
Genres: Commentaries  Miscellanea  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Conference proceedings  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Honoree, Contributor
Classifications: QH442.2, 174.25
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Leon Kass
The ethics of human cloning by Leon Kass( Book )

7 editions published between 1998 and 2002 in English and held by 1,520 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
Life, liberty, and the defense of dignity : the challenge for bioethics by Leon Kass( Book )

22 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in English and held by 1,186 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 beginning of wisdom : reading Genesis by Leon Kass( Book )

7 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 1,085 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looks at the wisdom of nature and of man as seen through an interpreation of the book of Genesis
Toward a more natural science : biology and human affairs by Leon Kass( Book )

14 editions published between 1969 and 2014 in English and held by 1,080 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kass shows how the promise and the peril of our time are inextricably linked with the promise and the peril of modern science. The relation between the pursuit of knowledge and the conduct of life'between science and ethics, each broadly conceived'has in recent years been greatly complicated by developments in the science of life. This book examines the ethical questions involved in prenatal screening, in vitro fertilization, artificial life forms, and medical care, and discusses the role of human beings in nature
Beyond therapy : biotechnology and the pursuit of happiness by President's Council on Bioethics (U.S.)( Book )

14 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 1,061 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
The hungry soul : eating and the perfecting of our nature by Leon Kass( Book )

15 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and Spanish and held by 634 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 422 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
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 142 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 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moyers leads small-group discussions on the Book of Genesis with people of diverse backgrounds, professions, and faith traditions
Apples of gold in pictures of silver : honoring the work of Leon R. Kass by Yuval Levin( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 73 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
Leon Kass( Visual )

6 editions published between 1988 and 1990 in English and held by 51 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 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The moral implications of scientific advances: Leon R. Kass( Visual )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 35 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
The moral implications of scientific advances, Leon R. Kass( Visual )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leon R. Kass joins body and soul uniquely as a physician and philosopher. Trained as a doctor, with a degree in biochemistry, he believes that scientific discoveries have raised questions which scientific reasoning cannot answer. In this program with Bill Moyers, Dr. Kass, a professor at the University of Chicago, explores the moral implications of euthanasia and of medical advances in assisted reproduction
Leon Kass( Visual )

1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 15 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
Mars Hill audio journal September/October 2000( Recording )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Problems in the meaning of death( Recording )

2 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 13 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
A World of ideas Leon Kass( Visual )

1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a segment titled "Body and soul," Leon Kass, scientist and philosopher, reflects on the human soul, morality and mortality, euthanasia, and surrogate motherhood
Moral soundings : readings on the crisis of values in contemporary life by Dwight Furrow( )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This topically organized, interdisciplinary anthology provides competing perspective on the claim that western culture faces a moral crisis. Using clearly written, accessible essays by well-known authors in philosophy, the social sciences, and the humanities, the book introduces students to a variety of perspectives on the current cultural debate about values that percolates beneath the surface of most of our social and political controversies
 
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The ethics of human cloning
Alternative Names
Kass, Leon.

Kass, Leon R.

Kass, Leon R. 1939-

Leon Kass American academic

לאון קס

カス, レオン・R

Languages
English (114)

Spanish (3)

Covers
Life, liberty, and the defense of dignity : the challenge for bioethicsThe beginning of wisdom : reading GenesisToward a more natural science : biology and human affairsBeyond therapy : biotechnology and the pursuit of happinessThe hungry soul : eating and the perfecting of our natureWing to wing, oar to oar : readings on courting and marryingWhat so proudly we hail : the American soul in story, speech, and songApples of gold in pictures of silver : honoring the work of Leon R. Kass