Table of contents for Being human : core readings in the humanities : readings from the president's Council on Bioethics.

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Preface to the Norton edition	xi
Members of The President's Council on Bioethics	xiii
Council Staff and Consultants	xv
Illustrations	xvi
Leon R. Kass, Chairman, Introduction 	xvii
Acknowledgments	xxvi
Section I: 
Natural Imperfection and 
Human Longing	1
Chapter 1: 
The Search for Perfection	3
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Birth-mark	5
Ovid, Metamorphoses	21
Gerard Manley Hopkins, Pied Beauty	29
Lewis Thomas, The Wonderful Mistake	31
Andrew M. Niccol, Gattaca	34
C. S. Lewis, That Hideous Strength 	49
Richard Selzer, Imelda	54
Stephen Braun, The Science of Happiness: Unlocking 
the Mysteries of Mood	67
Chapter 2: 
Scientific Aspirations	73
Plutarch, The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans	75
René Descartes, Discourse on Method	80
E. O. Wilson, Naturalist	87
Richard P. Feynman, Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman	103
James D. Watson, The Double Helix: A Personal Account 
of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA	111
Chapter 3: 
To Heal Sometimes, To Comfort Always	119
The Hippocratic Oath	121
The Book of Sirach	123
Albert Camus, The Plague	126
Richard Selzer, The Surgeon as Priest	131
W. H. Auden, The Art of Healing (In Memoriam 
David Protech, M.D.)	140
Walt Whitman, To One Shortly to Die	144
Thomas Mann, Buddenbrooks (Death of the Frau Consul)	146
George Eliot, Middlemarch	153
Perri Klass, Invasions	160
Section II: 
The Human Being 
and the Life Cycle	165
Chapter 4:
Are We Our Bodies?	167
Galway Kinnell, The Fly	169
Plato, The Symposium	171
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, What the Body Knows	177
Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace (Cannon Fodder and The 
Operating Tent)	190
St. Augustine, Confessions	197
Walt Whitman, I Sing the Body Electric 	207
Delmore Schwartz, The Heavy Bear	216
Vladimir Bukovsky, Account of Torture	218
Roger Angell, Late Innings	220
John Ciardi, Washing Your Feet	223
Richard Selzer, Whither Thou Goest	225
Thomas Lynch, Good Grief: An Undertaker's Reflections	242
Chapter 5:
Many Stages, One Life	249
The Rhetoric of Aristotle	251
Francis Bacon, Of Youth and Age	256
William Shakespeare, As You Like It	259
J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan	261
Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace (The Young Nicholas)	273
Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace (The Mature Nicholas)	281
Thomas Mann, Buddenbrooks (Thomas Buddenbrooks)	288
Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace (The Countess Rostóva)	291
Vladimir Nabokov, Speak, Memory	296
Robert Louis Stevenson, Ordered South	300
Willa Cather, The Professor's House	307
Liam O'Flaherty, Life	314
Chapter 6: 
Among the Generations	321
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina (Childbirth)	323
George Eliot, Silas Marner	334
Galway Kinnell, After Making Love We Hear Footsteps	342
Geoffrey Wolff, The Duke of Deception	344
Sigrid Undset, The Mistress of Husaby	354
The Iliad of Homer (Meeting of Glaukos and Diomedes and
Meeting of Hektor and Andromache)	360
Chapter 7:
Why Not Immortality?	369
The Odyssey of Homer (Odysseus and Kalypso)	371
The Book of Revelation, 21:1-22:5	378
Lucretius, On the Nature of Things, Book III	381
Francis Bacon, Of Death	388
Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Moral Epistles: On Meeting 
Death Cheerfully	390
The Epic of Gilgamesh	392
Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels	395
Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting	403
e. e. cummings, Two Poems	410
Hans Jonas, The Burden and Blessing of Mortality	413
Mark Twain, The Autobiography of Mark Twain	426
Dylan Thomas, Fern Hill and Do Not Go Gentle into 
That Good Night	430
Murasaki Shikibu, Sôku, and Dogen, Three Japanese Poems	434
William Shakespeare, Sonnet 12	436
Section III: 
living well	437
Chapter 8: 
Vulnerability and Suffering	439
The Book of Job	441
The Iliad of Homer (Meeting of Achilleus and Priam)	452
William Shakespeare, King Lear	455
W. H. Auden, Musée des Beaux Arts	466
Mary Webb, Precious Bane	468
Francis Bacon, On Deformity	476
Richard Selzer, Witness	478
Lorrie Moore, People Like That Are the Only People 
Here: Canonical Babblings in Peed Onk	483
Flannery O'Connor, Introduction to a Memoir of
Mary Ann	512
Chapter 9:
Living Immediately	519
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina (Levin Mowing)	521
Robert Louis Stevenson, Child's Play	531
Emily Dickinson, Pain Has an Element of Blank	539
Walt Whitman, When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer	540
Walker Percy, The Loss of the Creature	541
The Odyssey of Homer (The Lotus-Eaters)	553
Malcolm Gladwell, Drugstore Athlete	555
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Reveries of a Solitary Walker	558
Chapter 10: 
Human Dignity	567
The Book of Genesis, 9:1-9	569
Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan and Immanuel Kant, 
Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals	571
The Iliad of Homer (Achilleus Abuses the Body of Hektor)	578
The Histories of Herodotus	581
Willa Cather, My Ántonia	584
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Village Blacksmith	596
The Ballad of John Henry and 
Paul Kaplan, Henry the Accountant	598
John Ruskin, The Crown of Wild Olive	603
Isaac Bashevis Singer, In My Father's Court	605
O. Henry, Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen	611
Vladimir Bukovsky, To Build a Castle: My Life as 
a Dissenter	616
Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick 
Douglass	621
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