Sissela Bok was born in Sweden and educated in Switzerland and France before coming to the United States. She received her B.A. and M.A. in psychology at the George Washington University in 1957 and 1958, and her Ph. D. in philosophy at Harvard University in 1970. She was formerly a Professor of Philosophy at Brandeis University.
The third edition of her book, Lying: Moral Choice in Private and Public Life (1978), for which she received the George Orwell Award and the Melcher Book Award, was reissued in 1999 with a new preface. Other books include Secrets: On the Ethics of Concealment and Revelation (1982, 1989); A Strategy for Peace: Human Values and the Threat of War (1989); Alva Myrdal: A Daughter’s Memoir (1991), for which she received the Melcher Book Award; Common Values (1996, reissued in 2002 with a new preface); and Mayhem: Violence as Public Entertainment (1998). With John Behnke, Bok has co-edited The Dilemma of Euthanasia (1975), and, with Daniel Callahan, Ethics Teaching in Higher Education (1980). With Gerald Dworkin and R. G. Frey, she has co-authored Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide (1998). She has written introductions to Mohandas Gandhi, An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments With Truth (1993); Gunnar Myrdal, An American Dilemma, 50th Anniversary Edition (1996); and the 100-year anniversary reissue of Henry Sidgwick’s 1898 Practical Ethics.
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