Project by Life Member wins award from Expanded Reason Institute

Congratulations to Jeffrey P. Bishop, a Life Member of Clare Hall whose collaborative project, Biopolitics After Neuroscience: Morality and the Economy of Virtue (forthcoming from Bloomsbury), recently won a 2021 Expanded Reason Award from the Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation. 

Jeffrey is Professor of Philosophy and holds the Tenet Endowed Chair in Bioethics at Saint Louis University, Missouri, US. His scholarly work explores the philosophical, historical and political foundations of contemporary scientific theories and practices, and contextualises the truth claims of medicine and social science. 

Biopolitics After Neuroscience is co-authored with M. Therese Lysaught and Andrew A. Michel. The book explores the social philosophy that animates the neuroscientific study of morality, arguing that the philosophical anthropology that animates the scientific questions asked by neuroscience is an impoverished moral anthropology.

“I was finishing this project during my term as a Visiting Fellow in 2019,” Jeffrey says. “Many of my conversations with other Clare Hall Visiting Fellows, Life Members, and graduate students informed my work on the completion of the project.”

Additionally, Jeffrey is author of The Anticipatory Corpse: Medicine, Power, and the Care of the Dying (University of Notre Dame Press, 2011), a book which explores the way medicine’s epistemological commitments shapes the problematic ways that medicine offers care to dying patients. He is currently working on two further books - one examining the philosophy of technology; the other exploring the philosophy of life and its relationship to philosophical ethics inspired by Henri Bergson. 

About the author
Jeffrey P. Bishop serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy and Christian Bioethics. He is a Life Member at Clare Hall, and is a Fellow of the International Society for Religion and Science.

Further details on the Expanded Reason Awards
The Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation aims to promote dialogue between religion, science and culture in contemporary society. Together with the University Francisco de Vitoria, it also promotes the Expanded Reason Awards, which recognise the efforts of professors and researchers to broaden the horizons of rationality, based on the dialogue of sciences and disciplines with Philosophy and Theology.

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