Carl Elliot ’83: “Abuses of Mentally Ill Homeless People in Biomedical Research”

Carl Elliott ’83 is professor in the Center for Bioethics and the Departments of Pediatrics and Philosophy at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. A native South Carolinian, he earned a B.S. in Pre-Medicine (cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) at Davidson College, an M.D. at the Medical University of South Carolina, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.
Elliott’s scholarly interests include the ethics of enhancement technologies, research ethics, the philosophy of psychiatry, and the work of Ludwig Wittgenstein and Walker Percy. His articles have appeared in The Atlantic MonthlyThe London Review of BooksThe BelieverThe American Prospect and Dissent. He is the author or editor of six books, including A Philosophical Disease: Bioethics, Culture and Identity (Routledge, 1999) and Better than Well: American Medicine Meets the American Dream (Norton, 2003).
This Ethics Forum was hosted by the Vann Center for Ethics, and co-sponsored by the departments of Philosophy and Psychology and the Program in Medical Humanities.