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The Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University helped to invent the field of bioethics, beginning a tradition of creative leadership in practical ethics that continues into the twenty-first century.


Featured Image: Pascal Adolphe Jean Dagnan-Bouveret (French, 1852-1929), An Accident, 1879. Like all featured images, this one was chosen for the way that its subject matter and representational choices raise and reflect bioethical issues. It is part of a series being developed by the KIE that pairs images like this one with critical commentary from bioethics scholars.

Recent News


October 1, 2015

Georgetown University Press publishes “Bioethics and the Human Goods: An Introduction to Natural Law Ethics”

On Wednesday 30th September, Georgetown University Press, in collaboration with the KIE and the Philosophy Department, launched Bioethics and the Human Goods: An Introduction to Natural Law Ethics.


September 28, 2015

NIH Grant to Ethics Institute Aimed at Helping Pregnant Women with HIV

A $3.6 million grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH) to Georgetown and three other universities will fund a project aimed at improving the health of one of the most vulnerable patient groups in the world – pregnant women with HIV.


September 1, 2015

KIE Student Art Series: Gabrielle Amoils on the work of Francis Bacon

Figure Study II (Oil on canvas, 145 cm x 129 cm, Huddersfield Art Gallery, Huddersfield) is unmistakably the work of Francis Bacon. An Irish-born British figurative painter known for his bold, emotionally charged and raw imagery, Bacon’s artwork espoused an existential dread that buffeted his reputation back and forth between equal parts revile and acclaim […]

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