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The last section works toward a more natural science, with the goal of bringing science and ethics back toward an understanding of nature.

The last section works toward a more natural science, with the goal of bringing science and ethics back toward an understanding of nature. Kass is almost synthesizing Darwin with Thomas Aquinas in a creative way.

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Toward a more natural science: biology and human affairs Leon Kass Snippet view - 1985. Leon R. Kass is Addie Clark Harding Professor in the Committee on Social Thought and the College at the University of Chicago. Bibliographic information. Toward a more natural science: biology and human affairs Leon Kass Snippet view - 1985. Common terms and phrases. Toward a More Natural Science.

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Books related to Toward a More Natural Science. More by Leon R. Kass. The Ascent of Humanity. Our Posthuman Future. Athens, Arden, Jerusalem. Leading a Worthy Life.

His books include Toward A More Natural Science: Biology and Human Affairs; The Hungry Soul: Eating and the . Amy A. Kass, Leon R. Kass, and Diana Schaub, ed. What So Proudly We Hail, The American Soul In Story, Speech, And Song. Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2012.

His books include Toward A More Natural Science: Biology and Human Affairs; The Hungry Soul: Eating and the Perfecting of our Nature; Life, Liberty, and the Defense of Dignity: The Challenge for Bioethics; The Beginning of Wisdom: Reading Genesis; and What So Proudly We Hail: The American Soul in Story, Speech, and Song.

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Toward a More Natural Science. The relation between the pursuit of knowledge and the conduct of life-between science and ethics, each broadly conceived-has in recent years been greatly complicated by developments in the science of life. This book examines the ethical questions involved in prenatal screening, in vitro fertilization, artificial life forms, and medical care, and discusses the role of human beings in nature.

Examines the ethical questions involved in prenatal screening, in vitro fertilization, artificial life forms, and medical care, and discusses the role of human beings in nature

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Zadora
Leon Kass is one of the most distinguished lecturers that I've had the privilege to hear. Many years ago I read his The Hungry Soul,
which is an excellent introduction to his humanistic phenomenology. He is now an older man, but Toward A More Natural Science
consists of work from the 70s and 80s, when he showed remarkable wisdom for his age. He is a one man faculty-a doctor, a
philosopher in the Straussian tradition with great knowledge of Greek philosophy and poetry, a scholar of the Hebrew Bible,
and a sharp political and legal analyst, among other things. He once had a meeting of Bush 43's bioethics commission and
led a discussion on a story by Hawthorne, according to Wikipedia.

The first section of the book deals with the many contemporary dilemmas of bioethics. Since the book is almost 35 years old
and contains material from 45 years ago, it is dated, but perhaps that makes it even more pertinent for today, to see the early
development of "test tube babies" and the concerns about genetic manipulation. The developments under discussion are
dated but the Kassian analysis is not because it comes from a humanistic and eternal wisdom. The second part is about
the meaning and purpose of medicine. The goal of medicine is health and healthy living, but so much of the contemporary
effort is just about prolonging life. There are discussions of the the Hippocratic Oath and abortion, including abortion as a
means of removing disease or deformity by removing the patient. Also there's the practice of psychiatrists having sex with
their patients to treat frigidity, which is specifically mentioned in the Oath. Of course, the fact that the oath is from ancient
Greece and Western Civilization makes it out of vogue, 30 years ago and certainly today.

The last section works toward a more natural science, with the goal of bringing science and ethics back toward an understanding
of nature. There is a chapter on Darwin and teleology or purpose, discussing how Darwin insisted the process of evolution was
random and unguided, yet kept using language of "higher" and "lower", even working toward intelligence and soul. Kass is almost
synthesizing Darwin with Thomas Aquinas in a creative way. Then there are chapters about the body and death, revisiting the
question of the cadaver and the funereal practices of the Indians, Greeks and Persians. The final chapter is about "looking good"
in an ethical sense, with a discussion of animal features, the phenomenon of blushing as a psychosomatic revelation of the soul
in the body, and the experience of shame. Aristotle's ethics is one of the few to look at friendship-the moderns Hobbes and Locke,
and the postmoderns Marx, Heidegger and Rawls overlooked it. The human being, unlike animals structured around their eating and
digestion, is made for vision and reflecting upon it. The final sentence-we stand most upright when we gladly bow our heads (82%).

A couple of other quotes-That we too, here and now may participate with Homer, with Plato, with the Bible, yes with Descartes and Bacon,
in catching at least some glimpse of the enduring truths about nature and human affairs; and that we, too, may hand down and
perpetuate this pursuit of wisdom and goodness to succeeding generations for all time to come (76%).

Our science, which looks so masterfully into so many things, a science blessed with telescopes and microscopes, looks too little and not well at the world we experience with the naked eye. Our attempt to master nature, to predict and control appearances, needs to
be leavened by a search to discover, to understand, and to appreciate the meaning and the beauty of appearances, and of the beings
that appear (82%).
Fearlesshunter
Kass has a great treatment of the ends of medicine, the medical art, and gives a good initiation into bioethics. Easy to read.
Coiril
I got this book in a very timely manner and in remarkable condition. The poor rating is BY NO MEANS on the shipping or condition of the book :) HOWEVER....

Kass is pretentious. He cannot pick a side on ANY of his issues and takes twenty times longer than necessary to say it. The whole book just feels like filler that you throw into a 20 page college paper when you've run out of things to say. He brings up some compelling issues...but the delivery is poor.
elegant stranger
Kass asks the fundamental question "do we wish to live longer in order to live better, or do we wish to live better in order to live longer?" By going through the roots of medicine and the hippocratic oath, Kass shows what the healing arts are meant to be, and he exposes what the curing industry is rapidly becoming. Kass also takes an indepth look at science itself as it relates to research, ethics and the most basic levels of the human condition.
Toward a More Natural Science download epub
Biological Sciences
Author: Leon R. Kass
ISBN: 0029170710
Category: Science & Math
Subcategory: Biological Sciences
Language: English
Publisher: Free Press (March 25, 1988)
Pages: 388 pages