George Washington University
Behaving: What's Genetic and What's Not
F. Schaffner, M.D. (Pitt, 1986), Ph.D. (Philosophy; Columbia, 1967)
is University Professor of Medical Humanities and Professor of Philosophy
at the George Washington University. Before moving to GWU, he was
University Professor of History and Philosophy of Science and Research
Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, where he
also served as Co-Director for the Center for Medical Ethics. His
most recent book is Discovery and Explanation in Biology and Medicine.
He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and has published extensively on
ethical and conceptual issues in science and medicine. His recent
work has been on philosophical issues in behavioral and psychiatric
genetics. His book, Behaving: What’s Genetic and What’s
Not, and Why Should We Care? will soon be published. He recently
began a NSF-supported project to write a history of behavioral and
psychiatric genetics covering the period 1960 to the present day.
Avocations include an eclectic taste in music, long walks along
the Potomac in Washington, and martini tastings in Pittsburgh.