Former Chairman of the President's Council on Bioethics
Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
"In trying to achieve better bodies through biotechnology, we do not in fact honor our given bodies or cultivate our given individual gifts. Instead we are, whether we realize it or not, voting with our syringes to have a different body, with different native capacities and powers. We are giving ourselves new and foreign gifts, not nature's and not our own. Those who retort that nature's original gifts deserve no special claim on our loyalty--why not become someone else, or even something better-than-human?--would diminish the possibility of personal human excellence in the very effort they make to enhance it.
The ironies of the biotechnological enhancement of athletic performance should now be painfully clear. By turning to biological agents to transform ourselves in the image that we choose and will, we compromise our choosing and willing identity itself, electing to become less than normally the source or the shapers of our own identity."
"For the Love of the Game," New Republic, Mar. 10, 2008
Experts Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or other relevant advanced degrees, heads of professional sports leagues, and US Congress members with significant involvement in, or related to, performance enhancing drugs and sports. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Hertog Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
Addie Clark Harding Professor in the Committee on Social Thought and the College, University of Chicago
Member, President's Council on Bioethics, 2005-2007
Chairman, President's Council on Bioethics, 2002-2005
Senior fellow, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, University of Chicago, 1991-2001
Senior fellow and associate director, John M. Olin Center for Inquiry into the Theory and Practice of Democracy, University of Chicago, 1986-2001
Professor, The College and the Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago, 1976-2001
W. H. Brady, Jr., Distinguished Fellow, American Enterprise Institute, 1991-1992, 1998-1999
Recipient, Amoco Foundation Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Teaching, University of Chicago, 1993
Member, Vice-Chairman, and Committee Chairman, National Council on the Humanities/National Endowment for the Humanities, 1984-1991
Recipient, Llewellyn John and Harriet Manchester Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, The University of Chicago, 1983
Research professor in bioethics, The Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University, 1974-1976
Executive secretary, Committee on the Life Sciences and Social Policy, National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences, 1970-1972
Staff fellow, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases, National Institutes of Health, 1967-1970
Surgeon, United States Public Health Service, 1967-1969
National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow, 1963-1967