Last updated on: 8/22/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

Sissela Bok, PhD Biography

Title:
Senior Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies
Position:
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“I continue to find great and needless risks in moving toward legalizing euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide. I also remain convinced that such measures will not deal in any way adequately with the needs of most persons at the end of life, least of all in societies without adequate health care insurance available to all. No society has yet worked out the hardest questions of how to help those patients who desire to die, without endangering others who do not. There is a long way to go before we arrive at a social resolution of those questions that does not do damage to our institutions.”

“Physician-Assisted Suicide,” Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide: For and Against, 1998

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:
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Encyclopedia of Public Health, 2001
  • Member, Editorial Board, Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 1999
  • Member, Committee for International Cooperation, American Philosophical Association, 1998-2001
  • Corresponding Editor, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 1998
  • Fellow, spring term, Joan Shorenstein Barone, Center for Press, Politics and Public Policy, Harvard University, 1993
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Encyclopedia of Bioethics, 1992-1994
  • Member Advisory Council, The Institute for Global Ethics, 1991
  • Member, Advisory Board, Contention: A Journal of Debates in Society, Culture, and Science, 1990-1996
  • Member, Executive Committee, Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, 1990-1999
  • Member, Advisory Board, Institute for Philosophy and Religion, Boston University, 1986
  • Member, Board of Consulting Editors, Encyclopedia of Ethics, 1986-1991
  • Member, Committee on Philosophy and Medicine, American Philosophical Association, 1986-1989
  • Member, Ethics Advisory Board, U.S. Department of Health,Education, and Welfare, 1977-1980
  • Member, Advisory Board, Encyclopedia of Bioethics, 1974-1978
  • Fellow, Interfaculty Program in Medical Ethics, Harvard University, 1972-1973
Education:
  • PhD, Philosophy, Harvard University, 1970
  • MA, Clinical Psychology, George Washington University, 1958
  • BA, George Washington University, 1957
  • Sorbonne, Université de Paris, 1954-1955
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. What Is Physician-Assisted Suicide?
  2. How Common Is It for Physicians to Participate in Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia, despite the Legal Prohibition against Them?