Last updated on: 8/31/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

Amitai Etzioni, PhD Biography

Title:
University Professor at George Washington University
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“[W]hen the family and doctor are united and the patient’s wishes are clearly established, there should be ways to end life when suffering becomes unbearable-even if the patient remains a conscious human being.”

“No State Intrusions,” The National Law Journal, Nov. 28, 2005

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to end-of-life issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to end-of-life.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • University Professor, George Washington University
  • Professor of International Affairs, The Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University
  • Director, Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies, George Washington University
  • Editor, The Responsive Community: Rights and Responsibilities, 1991-2004
  • Recipient, John P. McGovern Award in Behavioral Sciences, 2001
  • Recipient, Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, 2001
  • Named among the top 100 American intellectuals by Richard Posner in Public Intellectuals: A Study of Decline, 2001
  • President, American Sociological Association, 1994-1995
  • Founder, Communitarian Network, 1990
  • Founding President, International Society for the Advancement of Socio Economics, 1989-1990
  • Thomas Henry Carroll Ford Foundation Professor, Harvard Business School, 1987-1989
  • Senior Advisor to the White House, 1979-1980
  • Guest Scholar, Brookings Institution, 1978
  • Professor of Sociology, Columbia University, 1958-1978
  • Recipient, Seventh James Wilbur Award for Extraordinary Contributions to the Appreciation and Advancement of Human Values, Conference on Value Inquiry
  • Recipient, Sociological Practice Association’s Outstanding Contribution Award
  • Recipient, Seventh James Wilbur Award
Education:
  • PhD, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, 1958
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should Healthcare Resources Be Subject to Rationing?