10/28/2009

Leon R. Kass, M.D., Named 2010 Recipient of the Paul Ramsey Award

"The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network is pleased to announce that Dr. Leon R. Kass has been selected to receive the 2010 Paul Ramsey Award, given to those who have demonstrated exemplary achievement in the field of bioethics. Kass, the Addie Clark Harding Professor in the Committee on Social Thought and the College at the University of Chicago, is a pioneer in bioethics who has, in the spirit of Paul Ramsey, made significant contributions toward a proper understanding of the challenges we face in bioethics, to defend the dignity of human life and advance ethical biotechnology. From 2001 to 2005 he served as the chairman of the President’s Council on Bioethics and has been writing and thinking about the ethical and philosophical issues raised by biomedical advances for more than thirty years.

Dr. William Hurlbut, who serves on the Paul Ramsey nominating committee said, "Leon Kass is an extraordinarily constructive and courageous voice in bioethics--a treasure to our civilization. He is the intellectual epicenter of American bioethics."

Paul Ramsey is regarded by many as one of the most important ethicists of the twentieth century. He was a distinguished writer on bioethics and served as Harrington Spear Pain Professor of Religion at Princeton University. His commitment to the sanctity and dignity of human life was paramount to his work."

Source: http://www.cbc-network.org/ramsey/winner.htm

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