In 2003, when the War on Terror was at its height, Eric Cohen authored a long reflection on the need to consider the moral and philosophical conundrums produced by advances in biotechnology. In so doing, he posed the question of “Why should we be concerned about bioethics in a time of war?” After all, with thousands of American men and women heading off to battle, was this not perhaps a time to defer discussion of such abstruse issues? Cohen turned to C.S. Lewis’s address to his students at Oxford, titled “Learning in War-Time,” for guidance.
Bioethics in Times of War and Plague
The American Association of University Professors Celebrates Anti-Semitism
Last week, the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), an influential academic organization, announced that Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi of San Francisco State University would receive one of its annual awards, citing her “courage, persistence, political foresight, and concern for human rights . . . in her scholarship, teaching, [and] public advocacy” as well as her efforts to “advance the agenda for social change in Palestine, the United States, and internationally.” Those efforts, notes Jonathan Marks, include supporting the exclusion of the Jewish campus group Hillel from a university-wide event, and lambasting the school’s president for apologizing for that exclusion: