Interview By:, Franklin Hoke and Karen Young Kreeger, pp.12
Date: October 17, 1994
In May 1994, preeminent bioethicist Arthur Caplan moved his base of operations from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, where he had established the Center for Biomedical Ethics, to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. There, he launched the Center for Bioethics, hoping to expand the purview of his activities through association with the extensive biomedical research community at Penn and in the greater Philadelphia area-- initially, for example, sharing temporary offices with the university's Institute for Human Gene Therapy. The 44-year-old Caplan, who is the author of dozens of scholarly papers, also strives to make critical bioethical debates comprehensible to the public, most recently in his book Moral Matters: Ethical Issues in Medicine and the Life Sciences (New York, John Wiley & Sons Inc., 1995).
As the fall semester got under way at Penn last month,...