Editor’s note: The following interview appears in the Spring 2021 issue of Eikon.
Carter Snead is Director of de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture, Professor of Law, and Concurrent Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame.
1. What led you to write a book focusing on the “case for the body” as a distinct mode of argument?
I began my career in public bioethics as General Counsel to President Bush’s Council on Bioethics in 2002, under the directorship of the extraordinary Dr. Leon R. Kass. From the beginning I was struck by how the law so frequently fails to protect the weakest and most vulnerable. After studying the matter closely, I came to the view that the problem was at the root of the law’s assumptions about human identity and flourishing. All law exists to protect and promote the flourishing of persons. Accordingly, it must be grounded in baseline assumptions about who and what persons are that are true to lived reality. If it gets…