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Past John & Marsha Ryan Bioethicist- in- Residence

William J. Winslade, Ph.D., J.D.

"The Puzzles of Pedophilia:Unanswered Questions and Problematic Policies"

March 18, 2009

This lecture explores why causes of pedophilia remain uncertain. Diagnoses are elusive, treatments seem ineffective, and neither imprisonment nor involuntary hospitalization provides satisfactory solutions. The Texas voluntary orchiectomy statute for incarcerated pedophiles will illustrate why these complex problems seem insoluble.

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William J. Winslade is the James Wade Rockwell Professor of Philosophy of Medicine, Professor of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, a member of the Institute for the Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. His background includes a Ph.D. in philosophy from Northwestern University, a J.D. from UCLA Law School, a Ph.D. in Psychoanalysis from the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute, and an Honorary D.H.L. from Monmouth College.

He is a Fellow of the Hastings Center, was a member of the California Bar Association from 1976 to 2004, and is currently a research psychoanalyst. Philosophic, legal, and psychoanalytic ideas are applied in his work to the study of human values in science, medicine, technology and law. His book, Confronting Traumatic Brain Injury: Devastation, Hope and Healing, was published by Yale University Press. He has written on topics such as privacy and confidentiality, human rights, death and dying, and legal and ethical aspects of mental health practice. legal and ethical aspects of mental health practice. He is currently writing The Birth, Life, and Death of the Brain: Legal and Ethical Perspectives with Stacey Tovino, J.D., Ph.D.