Bioethics

Sally Gibbons

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Senior Lecturer in Philosophy
B.S. Harvard University, D.Phil Oxford University
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Claudia Cohen Hall 463
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Thursdays 1 - 3 p.m. or by appointment
Research Interests: 

Kant

Bioethics

Philosophy of Science

Aesthetics

Selected Publications: 

Kant's Theory of Imagination: Bridging the Gaps in Judgement and Experience (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994)

Alexander Guerrero

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Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Ph.D. New York University
J.D. New York University
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215-898-6538
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Research Interests: 

•Political Philosophy

•Ethics, Applied Ethics, Bioethics, Metaethics

•Philosophy of Law

•Epistemology 

My research focuses on a number of different topics in political philosophy, moral philosophy, philosophy of law, and topics in epistemology that relate to those three areas. 

In political philosophy, my work has centered on the issue of political legitimacy: what, if anything, makes political action morally permissible, given that political action constitutes action backed by coercive force?  I am particularly interested in the connections between democracy and legitimacy, and in exploring alternative political systems that might be improvements upon familiar representative systems of government.  A second set of interests concerns issues at the intersection of epistemology and political philosophy: how should we design political institutions so that they are both legitimate and epistemically responsible?

I work on a number of different topics in moral and legal philosophy, many of which have intersections with topics in epistemology.  I have research interests in all of the following topics: the moral status of animals and non-sentient life, the factors that make actions have moral worth, the relationship between moral responsibility and individual history, the philosophy of punishment and the role of the prison, ethical and legal issues relating to the treatment and punishment of the mentally ill, and the purpose and interpretation of constitutions.  Additionally, I have a number of interests with respect to what one might call “moral epistemic” responsibilities—moral obligations to investigate, scrutinize testimony, suspend judgment, or refrain from acting as if one knows something—and the ethics and epistemology of decision-making under conditions of factual, legal, and/or moral uncertainty.

Selected Publications: 

Find me on PhilPapers: http://philpapers.org/profile/376

  • "Against Elections: The Lottocratic Alternative," Philosophy and Public Affairs, Vol. 42, pp. 135-178 (2014) 
  • "On Marie Collins Swabey's "Publicity and Measurement,"" Ethics (forthcoming 2015)
  • “Lawyers, Context, and Legitimacy: A New Theory of Legal Ethics,” Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, Vol. 25 (2012), pp. 107-164
  • “The Paradox of Voting and the Ethics of Political Representation,” Philosophy and Public Affairs, Vol. 38 (2010), pp. 272-306
  • “Don’t Know, Don’t Kill: Moral Ignorance, Culpability, and Caution,” Philosophical Studies, Vol. 136 (2007), pp. 59-97

Jonathan Moreno

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Professor of Medical Ethics, History and Sociology of Science, and Philosophy
Ph.D., Washington University
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(215) 898-7629
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303 Cohen Hall
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David and Lyn Silfen University Professor Professor of Medical Ethics, History and Sociology of Science, and Philosophy

Research Interests: 
  • Medical Ethics
  • Science Policy
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Selected Publications: 

    The Body Politic: The Battle Over Science in America (2011)

    Mind Wars: Brain Research and National Defense (2006)

    Ethical Guidelines for Innovative Surgery (2006)

    Is There an Ethicist in the House? On the Cutting Edge of Bioethics (2005)

    In the Wake of Terror: Medicine and Morality in a Time of Crisis (2003)

    Adrienne Martin

    Associate Professor of Philosophy
    Ph.D. University of North Carolina
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    Cohen 391
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    Over the last several years, my work has focused on “thick” emotional attitudes such as love, resentment, hope, and gratitude.   I argue that these attitudes essentially incorporate both sub-rational and rational elements of human psychology, and thus have interesting and distinctive influences on rational deliberation and choice.

    Future projects include papers on the ethics of eating animals, conscientious objection in the provision of medical care, and what it means to relate to a person as a reasoner.

    Anita L. Allen

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    Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Philosophy
    J.D. Harvard, Ph.D. Michigan
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    (215) 898-9035
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    Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy

    Research Interests: 
    • Privacy Law, Theory and Values
    • Legal Theory
    • Contemporary Ethics and Bioethics
    • Mental Illness
    • Accountability
    • Race Relations
    • Gender and the Law
    Selected Publications: 

    The New Ethics: A Tour of the 21st Century, Miramax Books 2004.

    Why Privacy Isn't Everything: Feminist Reflections on Personal Accountability, Rowman and LIttlefield, 2003.

    Uneasy Access: Privacy for Women in a Free Society, Rowman and Littlefield, 1998.

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