Being human: Professor’s new book explores perfection

Michael Hyde, University Distinguished Professor of Communication Ethics, will sign copies of his new book, “Perfection: Coming to Terms with Being Human,” Feb. 25 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Wake Forest Bookstore.

In the book, published this month by Baylor University Press, Hyde explores the history of the idea of human perfection throughout Western philosophy, religion, science and art. He draws on figures from St. Augustine to Leonardo DaVinci to Mary Shelley and examines the consequences of the perfection driven impulse of medical science.

Hyde, who joined the Wake Forest faculty in 1994, also holds a joint appointment in the Program in Bioethics, Health and Society at the School of Medicine.

He is the author and editor of five other books, including “The Life-Giving Gift of Acknowledgment” (2006) and “The Call of Conscience” (2001), which was awarded the National Communication Association’s Diamond Anniversary Book Award and the Marie Hochmuth Nichols Award for Outstanding Research in Public Address.

The event is open to the public. For information, contact the bookstore at (336) 758-5142.

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