The Banality of Eagleton

 “Evil is not something we should lose too much sleep over,” according to Terry Eagleton. How much sleeplessness is just enough? In February 1993, two ten-year...

Techno sapiens?

There is by now an extensive literature on current and prospective developments in genetic engineering aimed at altering our children. One group of commentators...

America's Blind Spot

The concept of the common good, ancient in origin, would seem on the face of it an ideal foundation for health-care reform. We all get sick and depend on others to...

Moving Beyond the Culture Wars

Writing in the August 14 issue of Commonweal (“End of Discussion”), the Christian ethicist Gilbert Meilaender eulogized President George W. Bush's Council on...

End of Discussion

I have taught ethics in the religion departments of several very different colleges and universities for quite a few years, and there are moments when I wish that I...

Right Tune, Wrong Words

Before the December release of Dignitas personae, it had been twenty years since the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) came out with a bioethics...

The Vatican & Artificial Nutrition and Hydration

William E. May The February 13 issue of Commonweal featured an article by the Consortium of Jesuit Bioethics Programs, “Undue Burden? The Vatican & Artificial...

Ethically Defective

Three Generations, No Imbeciles Eugenics, the Supreme Court, and Buck v. Bell Paul A. Lombardo John Hopkins University Press, $29.95, 384 pp.  In Reckless...

Life & Science

No one was shocked when President Barack Obama lifted the restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research put in place by George W. Bush. Obama was...

Outwitting Cancer

Recently I was asked to serve on an advisory committee of a research group developing new techniques to preserve fertility for cancer patients. The research is...

Undue Burden?

Most Americans know the case of Terri Schiavo, the Florida woman who suffered cardiac arrest and subsequently lived for years in a persistent vegetative state while...

Magical Thinking

The arguments about the alleged war between science and religion have missed something important: the difference between science and technology. While some of the...
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Better than Nature?

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Heroes & Villains

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The Banality of Eagleton

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Techno sapiens?

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Paved with Good Intentions

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