What It Means to be Human: A Conversation About the Body, Medicine, and Bioethics

Are human beings better described as autonomous choosers or dependent bodies?

In O. Carter Snead’s new book, What It Means to Be Human: The Case for the Body in Public Bioethics, he recasts debates over abortion, reproduction, and end-of-life decisions and situates them within a framework of embodiment and dependence. Avoiding typical dichotomies of conservative-versus-liberal and secular-versus-religious, Professor Snead rethinks how the law represents human experiences so that it might govern more wisely, justly, and humanely.

Professor Snead will be joined by pediatrician, bioethicist, and philosophy professor Dr. William Stigall in this conversation at the intersection of law, philosophy, and medicine.

This event is hosted by Liberal Learning for Life at the University of Dallas.

O. Carter Snead, J.D., Professor of Law; Director, Center for Ethics and Culture, University of Notre Dame

William Stigall, M.D., Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, University of Dallas; Pediatric Critical Care Physician, Cook Children’s Medical Center and TCU School of Medicine

Michael West, Ph.D., Affiliate Assistant Professor of English; Outreach Director, Liberal Learning for Life Program, University of Dallas

2:00 PM
Michael West, University of Dallas

2:05 PM
Opening Remarks
O. Carter Snead, University of Notre Dame

2:15 PM
Dr. William Stigall, University of Dallas and Cook Children’s Medical Center

2:25 PM
O. Carter Snead, University of Notre Dame
Dr. William Stigall, University of Dallas and Cook Children’s Medical Center

2:40 PM

2:55 PM

This event will be recorded and posted to our YouTube channel. If you wish to receive the link to the recording when it becomes available, we invite you to still register, even if you cannot attend live.

Thursday, February 11 at 2:00pm

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