Cassie Houtz

Cassie Houtz

PhD Candidate
Theology

Cassie’s interests revolve around the relationship between theological/philosophical anthropology and constructions of “the ethical.” At present, she is focused on a set of questions about ethics, biomedicine, and the category of “life”: What figurations of “life” and “life worth living” are operative in contemporary medical ethics? What assumptions about pain and suffering – and the “ethical” attitude they require – are implicit in these constructions, and how might theological texts destabilize some of these presuppositions? She is convinced that the categories through which biomedical ethics construes its task are entangled with religious/theological genealogies, and hopes that critical engagement with theology can open up new avenues for thinking “ethics.” Recently, she has discovered in Giorgio Agamben an intellectual guide through the murky zones of theology and medical ethics; she hopes to have his words escort her for a long time to come.

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