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Contemporary Authors in Bioethics: Our Declaration by Danielle Allen

February 9, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

We are pleased to have Danielle Allen joining us for a public forum in February to discuss her book

Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality


Troubled by the fact that so few Americans actually know what the Declaration of Independence says, Danielle Allen, a political philosopher renowned for her work on justice and citizenship, set out to explore the arguments of the Declaration, reading it with both adult night students and University of Chicago undergraduates.

Keenly aware that the Declaration is riddled with contradictions – liberating some while subjugating slaves and Native Americans – Allen and her students nonetheless came to see that the Declaration makes a coherent and riveting argument about equality. They found not a historical text that required memorization, but an animating force that could and did transform the course of their everyday lives.

In an “uncommonly elegant, incisive, and often poetic primer on America’s cardinal text,” Our Declaration now brings these insights to the general reader, illuminating the “three great themes of the Declaration: equality, liberty, and the abiding power of language” (David M. Kennedy).


Questions: Bioethics@hms.harvard.edu


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February 9, 2017
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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