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

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For more than forty years Leon R. Kass has been a prolific and distinguished writer, an outstanding teacher of the humanities, and a wise interpreter of the moral implications of modern science. In Apples of Gold in Pictures of Silver, fifteen of his colleagues, students, and friends celebrate his life's work with a collection of essays on themes and issues that have been of central concern to his scholarship.show more

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  • Hardback | 296 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 635.03g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739141597
  • 9780739141595

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This book is a liberal education in itself. The friends and students of Leon Kass have written engagingly and searchingly about literature, politics, science, philosophy, and God in the generous, humane, and dignified spirit of their philosopher-physician-scientist mentor. Each and every chapter is a gem; my compliments to the editors for paying such meticulous attention to detail and form. -- Peter Augustine Lawler, Berry College I don't know that any worldly honor is sufficiently lofty to do justice to the intellectual achievements and public contributions of Leon Kass. If one comes close, however, surely it is this splendid collection of essays by his admirers, associates, and former students. Readers who, like Dr. Kass himself, are true philosophers-lovers of wisdom-will find in this volume much to love. -- Robert P. George, Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School; McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University A spectacular achievement. Leon Kass's students and friends have done him, and themselves, proud. The consistently high quality of these diverse essays-some of them virtual apples of gold themselves-makes this volume a fitting tribute to a stellar thinker and gifted teacher. -- William Kristol, editor, The Weekly Standardshow more

About Thomas W. Merrill

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 President's Council on Bioethics. Adam Schulman is a tutor at St. John's College, Annapolis, and was a senior research consultant at the President's Council on Bioethics.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: The Career of Leon Kass Chapter 2 Chapter 1: The Homecoming of Penelope Chapter 3 Chapter 2: The World through Ben's Bifocals Chapter 4 Chapter 3: Medicalizing Childhood Chapter 5 Chapter 4: Washington Square Chapter 6 Chapter 5: The Silence of the Spartan Chapter 7 Chapter 6: Torah Transformed Chapter 8 Chapter 7: Leon Kass and the Poets Chapter 9 Chapter 8: Toward a Richer Public Bioethics Chapter 10 Chapter 9: Philosophic Anthropology in Rousseau and Elizabeth Marshall Thomas Chapter 11 Chapter 10: Self-knowledge and Moral Seriousness in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice Chapter 12 Chapter 11: From Hearth-Fires to Hell-Fires Chapter 13 Chapter 12: Fraternity in Antigone Chapter 14 Chapter 13: Children of Skeptics Chapter 15 Chapter 14: The God-Seeking Animal Chapter 16 Chapter 15: The Traditional Animal Chapter 17 Courses Taught by Leon R. Kass Chapter 18 Published Writings of Leon R. Kassshow more

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