Nov 9, 2020
This week's BreakPoint Podcast highlights how expressive individualism is prominent inside bioethics. There is a rewriting of parenthood and end of life care. John Stonestreet invites O. Carter Snead to discuss Snead's new book What it Means to Be Human.
O. Carter Snead is the William P. and Hazel B. White Director of the Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture. He is a law professor and concurrent professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame.
Snead and John start by discussing anthropology as an account of what it means to be human and enable human flourishing. Snead addresses building a renewed vision of human progress apart from expressive individualism. He touches on the idea of building public policies that engage and protect humans who may be on life sustaining measures and has lost legal competence.
Snead reads a segment from his book where he quotes Dr. Gerald Schatten. "Reproductive medicine is helping prospective parents to realize their own dreams for a disease-free legacy." Snead highlights how expressive individualism is overriding the case for the body in bioethics.