Ray Barfield

is associate professor of pediatrics and Christian philosophy. At Duke he directs  the Pediatric Quality of Life and Palliative Care Program. Barfield is a pediatric oncologist with an interest in the intersection of medicine, philosophy, theology, and literature. His medical work focuses on improvement of the quality of life for children with severe or fatal diseases. His work in philosophy focuses on the imagination, narrative approaches to philosophical issues, and the history of the impact of literature on philosophical thought. He has over 80 publications in medicine, philosophy, and literature. Recent books include The Ancient Quarrel Between Poetry and Philosophy and a book of poetry titled, Life In the Blind Spot. His first novel will be published spring 2015.