Carl Elliott

Carl Elliott is associate professor and director of graduate studies in the Center for Bioethics at the University of Minnesota. He held postdoctoral and visiting appointments at the University of Chicago, East Carolina University, the University of Otago, and the University of Natal. He has written for various periodicals, including The American Prospect, The Atlantic Monthly, and The Hedgehog Review, and his preferred areas of study include the later work of Ludwig Wittgenstein and the novels of Walker Percy. He attended Glasgow University in Scotland, the Medical University of South Carolina, and Davidson College.


Volume 70

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Guests on Volume 70: W. Wesley McDonald, on the significance of Russell Kirk’s themes of the "permanent things" and "the moral imagination"; C. Ben Mitchell, on law, wisdom, and the possibilities of pastoral guidance on bioethical decisions, and on why and how the Church should be more welcoming toward the elderly; Carl Elliott, on the medical industry’s move from healing to enhancing self-esteem and idenity formation; Richard Weikart, on the rise of "evolutionary ethics," the embrace toward ethical relativism, and the slide toward eugenics; Christine Rosen, on how and why early 20th century American religious leaders encouraged eugenics in the name of moral progress; and Dana Gioia, on the decline in literary reading in America and on the cultural loss it signifies.