In an interview with Jonathan Silver, Leon Kass discuss the Ten Commandments.
Leon Kass discusses the Ten Commandments at the Program on Constitutional Government lunchtime seminar series, convened by Harvey Mansfield.
Diana Schaub and Leon Kass discuss the Gettysburg Address.
In this 2014 release from Conversations with Bill Kristol, Leon and Amy Kass discuss the themes of their writing and teaching careers.
When we last left Leon Kass, he was talking about the passions that “lurk in the hearts of men” and the guidance the Hebrew Bible can give us in learning how to channel them. Now we move from the formation of the individual and the family to the… More
The revelation at Sinai was a “phantasmagoric experience” where sight became sound, sound became sight, and the people stood in awe and confusion. But what about us, today? Can we, just by reading, vicariously experience the awe of the children at the… More
Last month, Mosaic visited Leon R. Kass, author of our June essay, “The Ten Commandments,” in his Washington, D.C. office. We spoke first about the passions, the human heart and its longings, and the wisdom and guidance the Bible has to offer in a time… More
At a discussion hosted by the American Enterprise Institute, What So Proudly We Hail editor Leon R. Kass and Walter Berns (professor emeritus, Georgetown University) discussed Steven Spielberg’s film Lincoln and the lasting impact of our 16th… More
Seminar on George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation and O. Henry’s “Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen”- WhatSoProudlyWeHail.org.
In this session, editors Amy A. Kass, Leon R. Kass, and Diana Schaub use George Washington’s Thanksgiving Day Proclamation and O. Henry’s short story “Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen” to converse with guest host Christopher DeMuth… More
Many American citizens are public-spirited at one time or another, but a remarkable minority of our fellow citizens—our police, firefighters, and military men and women—have made devotion to public safety and well-being their way of life, one that often… More
Dr. Leon Kass, Chair of the President’s Council on Bioethics, examines the ethical dilemmas surrounding stem cell research. Dr. Kass addresses the philosophical question: Why not immortality?
Willa Sibert Cather (1873-1947), one of America’s most beloved authors, is best known for her novels depicting the lives of people who settled the American heartland and the Southwest: O! Pioneers, My Antonia, A Lost Lady, and Death Comes for the… More
Herman Melville (1819-1891), today hailed as one of America’s greatest writers, had in his own time a very mixed career. Some of his early sea-stories and sea-adventures were esteemed by the public, but his epic (and to him, most significant) novel,… More
Seminar on Courage and Self-Sacrifice: “Chamberlain” by Michael Shaara and Speech to the Third Army by George S. Patton- WhatSoProudlyWeHail.org.
Courage is a virtue difficult to cultivate, especially among self-interested citizens oriented toward the pursuit of their own happiness. At the extreme, why shouldn’t I prefer the preservation of myself to the preservation of my nation? If there is both a… More
Susan Glaspell (1876–1948) was an award-winning playwright and novelist, a writer of short stories, and, for a short while, a journalist. This story, “A Jury of Her Peers” (1917), among her most well known, was adapted from her one-act play,… More
As the youngest son of the youngest son for five generations back, Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) was by custom and tradition destined to be a nobody. Yet thanks to his own resourcefulness, he more than escaped his destiny. His life spanned the 18th century,… More
Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864), novelist and short story writer, was born in Salem, Massachusetts into an old, established New England family. His great-great-grandfather, John Hathorne, was one of the judges who presided over the Salem Witch Trials; it is… More
Mark Twain (born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, 1835-1910) is well known as a humorist and satirist. But like many satirists, he had serious things in view. Writing in the latter part of the 19th century, as the so-called “robber barons”—the giants of the… More
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1922-2007) was born and raised in Indianapolis and later left college to enlist in the U.S. Army during World War II. He spent time as a German prisoner of war and won a Purple Heart, a distinction he later mocked. After the war, he worked… More
Jack London, like the unnamed man described in the story “To Build a Fire,” lived on the edge. Born in 1876, he died a short forty years later. As a young man, he was a full-fledged participant in the Yukon Gold Rush of 1897. Like many others at the time,… More
It is probably no accident that Edward Everett Hale (1822-1909) was a life-long American patriot. He was the nephew of Edward Everett, renowned orator and statesman. And his father, Nathan Hale, was the namesake and nephew of Nathan Hale, executed by the… More
On Wednesday, May 2, 2012, American educator Leon R. Kass (b. 1939) delivered the 2012 Irving Kristol Lecture at the American Enterprise Institute Annual Dinner in Washington, DC. In his remarks, titled “The Other War on Poverty: Finding Meaning in… More
To mark George Washington’s birthday, the American Enterprise Institute hosted a gathering of political thinkers to consider the presidency and legacy of our nation’s first chief executive. Among the topics discussed are Washington’s Farewell Address… More
Walter Berns and the Constitution: A Celebration of the Constitution, with Opening Remarks by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia- Panel hosted by the American Enterprise Institute, September 20, 2011.
In mid-September 2011, as part of AEI’s Program on American Citizenship, we celebrated Constitution Day (September 17), the day thirty-nine members of the Constitutional Convention signed the draft constitution. In conjunction with that remembrance,… More
“Why Memorial Day?” A Discussion and Book Forum on What So Proudly We Hail: The American Soul in Story, Speech, and Song- Panel hosted by the American Enterprise Institute, May 20, 2011.
American public life requires citizens who know who they are as Americans, who are knowledgeably attached to their country and communities, and who possess the character–the attitudes, sensibilities, and virtues–necessary for robust civic… More
What does it mean to be an American? To what larger community and ideals are we attached and devoted? The editors of What So Proudly We Hail are joined by leading thinkers to consider these thoughts and discuss Theodore Roosevelt’s “True… More
Summary: ‘The Ten Commandments embody the core principles of the way of life of ancient Israel and of the Judeo-Christian ethic. Even in our increasingly secular age, their influence on the prevailing morality of the West is enormous–albeit not… More
Mr. Kass and Ms. Bok talked about stem cell research and legislation to expand federal funding for the research. The two ethicists represented opposite sides of the debate on embryonic stem cells. Dr. Kass was a current member and former chairman of… More
Dr. Kass talked about embryonic stem sell research, focusing on scientific issues and values, ethical considerations in both conducting and funding the research, and political opinions and movements involving embryonic stem cell research in a roundtable… More
Dr. Kass, Chairman of the President’s Council on Bioethics, delivered a lecture, titled “Science, Politics, and the Dilemmas of Bioethics.” Among the issues he addressed were the development of ethics in biological technology and research, the use of… More
Dr. Kass talked about a report by the President’s Council on Bioethics on reproductive techniques and guidelines for assisted reproductive procedures. He also responded to viewer comments and questions.
First, a conversation with Richard A. Clarke, former National Security Council official and anti-terrorism advisor, about his report released by the Council on Foreign Relations, in which he criticizes the Bush government for not taking proper precautions in… More
Excerpt: ANNOUNCER: Tonight on NOW WITH BILL MOYERS: Congress defies the FCC decision to give big media more power. BURR: I think we ought to err on the side of looking out for the American people, and not necessarily for the corporations who have the most… More
Dr. Kass talked about ethical issues involving human cloning and recent news of the first human reproductive clone by a private organization. He also responded to viewer comments and questions.
Participants talked about a report issued by the President’s Council on Bioethics. Among the topics they addressed were the ethics of human cloning, uses of cloning for biomedical research, and reproductive cloning. Following their remarks they answered… More
Professor Leon Kass discussed his book Life, Liberty and the Defense of Dignity: The Challenge for Bioethics, published by Encounter Books, at the Commonwealth Club of California. According to Dr. Kass, modern biomedical technology is threatening to… More
Mr. Kass presented and summarized some of the debate found in the council’s report on human cloning. Among the issues that the report examined were reproductive and therapeutic cloning, ethical issues involved in medical uses of human cloning, the pace… More
As part of a day-long conference on bioethics and human cloning, Doctor Friedman talked to council members about genetic engineering and its potential use in sports. Following his remarks they discussed the ethics of genetic engineering and potential… More
Council members talked about human cloning and bioethics, concentrating on the ethical questions surrounding granting patents for medical and scientific research and techniques using cloning technologies. They also talked about intellectual property,… More
Mr. Kass talked about his role in advising President Bush on cloning and stem cell research. The new President’s Council on Bioethics is made up of 17 philosophers, medical experts and lawyers who will advise the president on issues that involve… More
Mr. Kass and Mr. Wilson talked about their book, The Ethics of Human Cloning, published by AEI Press. The book is about the ethical debate over human cloning. Mr. Kass is against human cloning; Mr. Wilson sees no essential problem with it as long… More
Committee members heard testimony from medical and legal professionals and caregivers concerning the advisability and constitutionality of assisted suicide and how it would change the physician’s role in the medical system. The hearing was prompted by… More