Sean Aas, PhD

Senior Research Scholar,
Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Dr. Aas is a Senior Research Scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics and an Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department at Georgetown.His primary areas of research are bioethics, metaethics, and social and political philosophy, with a significant focus on issues of disability: disability as social construct, disability and political egalitarianism, disability and health. These interests tie to broader projects: on the construction of social facts; the grounds of egalitarian justice; and the import of diverse embodiment for health care ethics and health policy.Dr. Aas earned a PhD in philosophy from Brown University in 2013, and served as a Fellow at the Justitia Amplificata Project at Goethe University in Frankfurt and a Fellow at the Department of Clinical Bioethics in the Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda prior to joining the Kennedy Institute of Ethics.

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As part of the clinical and research ethics consultation service at the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Aas helped advise NIH scientists on pressing practical questions concerning clinical care in research, in the United States and abroad.

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  • Sean Aas. “Disabled – therefore, Unhealthy?” Forthcoming in Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 2016.
  • Sean Aas & Candice Delmas. “The Ethics of Sexual Reorientation: What should Clinicians and Researchers do?” On early view at The Journal of Medical Ethics, 2016.
  • Sean Aas. “Distributing Collective Obligation.” Forthcoming in Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy vol. 9 no. 3, 2015.
  • Sean Aas & David Wasserman. “Natural and Social Inequality: Disability and Fair Equality of Opportunity." On early view in The Journal of Moral Philosophy, 2015.
  • Sean Aas & David Wasserman. “Brain-Computer Interfaces: Extending Embodiment, Reducing Stigma?” On early view in The Journal of Medical Ethics, 2015.
  • “Sexual Re-Orientation in Ideal and Non-Ideal Theory,” in Neuroethics and the Law, ed. Nicole Vincent (Oxford University Press, 2015).