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William F. May

William F. May

Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life

William F. May is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life at the University of Virginia. He served on the Clinton Task Force on Health Care Reform (1993) and on the President's Council on Bioethics (2002-2004). Prior to his retirement as a University Professor of Ethics at Southern Methodist University (1985-2001), May was the Joseph P. Kennedy Professor of Christian Ethics at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University (1980-1985). 

May is a former President of the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Christian Ethics, and a Founding Fellow of the Hastings Center, where he co-chaired its research group on Death and Dying. His books include: The Physician's Covenant (rev. ed., 2000), The Patient's OrdealThe Ethics of Giving and Receiving: Am I My Foolish Brother's Keeper?, and Beleaguered Rulers: the Public Obligation of the Professional and Testing the National Covenant: Fears and Appetites in American Politics


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