Farr A. Curlin is Josiah C. Trent Professor of Medical Humanities in the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities, and History of Medicine at Duke University, where he also holds in the Department of Medicine’s Center for Palliative Care and in the Divinity School. Previously he was Associate Professor of Medicine and Co-Director of the Program on Medicine and Religion at the University of Chicago. After graduating from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, he moved to the University of Chicago where he completed internal medicine residency training and fellowships in both health services research and clinical ethics before joining the faculty. Curlin’s empirical research charts the influence of physicians’ moral traditions and commitments, both religious and secular, on physicians’s clinical practices. His normative work addresses questions regarding whether and how physicians’ religious commitments and practices should shape their practices of medicine in our plural democracy. Curlin and colleagues have authored numerous manuscripts published in the medicine and bioethics literatures, including a New England Journal of Medicine paper titled “Religion, Conscience, and Controversial Clinical Practices”. He also edited a special issue of Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics titled “Conscience and Clinical Practice: Medical Ethics in the Face of Moral Controversy”.
Christopher O. Tollefsen is professor of philosophy at the University of South Carolina and a senior fellow at the Witherspoon Institute. His areas of specialization include moral philosophy and practical ethics. Currently he is doing work in natural law ethics, liberal perfectionism, medical ethics, the ethics and politics of inquiry, philosophical embryology, the nature of human action, end of life issues, and ethics and education. He has published extensively in academic journals on topics of bioethics, meta-ethics, and the New Natural Law Theory, and has written for such popular publications as The New Atlantis, Public Discourse, First Things, and Touchstone. He obtained his PhD in philosophy from Emory University. Professor Tollefsen is the author of Biomedical Research and Beyond: Expanding the Ethics of Inquiry (2007) and coauthor with Robert P. George of Embryo: A Defense of Human Life (2008).