After Kass

On October 1, Leon Kass stepped down as chairman of the President’s Council on Bioethics. Kass was succeeded by one of the “founding fathers” of modern bioethics, Edmund Pellegrino, professor emeritus of medicine and medical ethics and adjunct professor of philosophy at Georgetown University.

Kass garnered his share of fans and critics as head of the council, and his departure hasn’t gone unnoticed by them. In contrast to the “topic of the...

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