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A Rich Bioethics
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Adam Briggle is an Assistant Professor in the Philosophy and Religion Studies Department at the University of North Texas. He has a PhD in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Science and Technology Policy research from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Briggle spent three years as a post-doctoral fellow in the philosophy department at the University of Twente, the Netherlands. His research lies at the intersections of science, technology, ethics, and politics.

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Adam Briggle has written a rich and sympathetic account of the President's Council on Bioethics led by Leon Kass. It puts in historical context the efforts of this council to move beyond the limited 'instrumentalist' approaches to bioethics taken by earlier commissions, toward a more philosophically serious effort to deliberate on the human goods put in play by modern biomedicine. In the process it answers many of the charges of politicization and corrects the record concerning the council's work." - Francis Fukuyama, The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

"What an eloquent, humane, and wise book. Briggle discovers an imperfect yet fascinating effort to bring the world of biomedical research into the domain of public philosophy. His scholarship and generosity make clear that a democratic society need not be morally shackled to the realm of the possible that science is constantly expanding." - Daniel Sarewitz, Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes, Arizona State University

"This is the most persuasive and thoughtful reconstruction of the Kass Council's goals and rationale that I have seen. Adam Briggle's account of the notion of a 'richer' bioethics is comprehensive an well-reasoned." - Jonathan D. Moreno, University of Pennsylvania

"Adam Briggle has written a fine book on a complex, controversial topic. He shows the wisdom of the approach to bioethics taken by the Kass Council, sets right the unfair and often nasty attacks on the council and Kass himself, and offers a perceptive and wide-ranging look at the terrain of ethics." - Daniel Callahan, The Hastings Center

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