Research is at the heart of the KIE.

The Institute’s founding scholars helped to create the field of bioethics, and our faculty’s strength in foundational areas of bioethics is unparalleled. Keeping pace with real-world developments in health and data technology, environmental science and policy, and the like, our collaborative community of researchers and practitioners continues to grow and expand into new areas.

Resources for Researchers

Ethics Lab

Ethics Lab is a hub for creative ethics learning at Georgetown and beyond.

The lab takes a practical approach to applied ethics, tackling complex contemporary moral problems using a mix of philosophical tools and design thinking.

In the lab, we recognize that new tools, policies, and frameworks are needed to reckon with today’s moral challenges, and we aim to address those challenges through direct-impact work and a transformative ethics education. Our character-based ethics learning works to educate women and men for others, and our direct-impact work aims to make a difference in the world beyond Georgetown’s gates.

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The global standard for bioethics resources

The KIE’s Bioethics Research Library is the world’s most comprehensive collection of scholarly bioethics materials in the world. The library is home to more than 100,000 books, journals, archival materials, and digital objects. Its collections span classical thought to contemporary and emerging issues; rare and unpublished works to ephemeral, hard-to-find gray literature; and a diverse range of opinions expressed on bioethics issues covering the range of religious, political, and cultural perspectives developed globally.

The library offers world-class research support to bioethics scholars across the globe, and you can access the library’s extensive archives online, schedule a one-on-one consultation with a librarian, and receive customized, iterative research support for free from anywhere in the world. The Institute also offers its Visiting Researchers Programs to research in-residence (link to program).

The Bioethics Research Library is located in Georgetown’s iconic Healy Hall building and is open to students, faculty, and researchers from across campus.

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Thirty-plus years of scholarly publication

Now in its third decade of publication, the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal is an interdisciplinary quarterly journal. Over time, the journal’s focus has evolved from an early emphasis on traditional concerns in bioethics – such as the ethics of clinical research and physician-patient relations – to include moral issues in emerging medical technologies and other aspects of human health and well-being, including public health ethics and environmental justice.

The journal solicits in-depth articles that combine detailed conceptual analysis with practical engagement. Please visit the Journal website for more information about manuscript and submission guidelines.

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Recent Scholar Publications

Forthcoming

Sean Aas

  1. “Prosthetic Embodiment” – forthcoming in Synthese (2019).
  2. “Disability and Evaluative Diversity” – forthcoming in the Oxford Handbook of Disability and Philosophy, Cureton and Wasserman eds. (2019)

Elizabeth Edenberg

  1. E. Edenberg, “Political Disagreement: Epistemic or Civic Peers?” Routledge Handbook on Political Epistemology, edited by M. Hannon & J. de Ridder (Routledge, forthcoming)
  2. E. Edenberg and M.L. Jones, “Troubleshooting AI and Consent,” Oxford Handbook on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence, edited by M. Dubber, S. Das, F. Pasquale, (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)
  3. M. Little, E. Edenberg, S. Luken, J. Healey, “Ethics Lab: Harnessing design methodologies for translational ethics” in A Guide to Field Philosophy: How to Use Philosophy to Change the World, edited by E. Brister and R. Frodeman (Routledge, forthcoming)

John Keown

  1. ‘Medical Law, Ethical Coherence, and the Beginning and Ending of Life’ in Jonathan Herring et al, The Philosophical Foundations of Medical Law (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)
  2. ‘Tutu, Carey and the Legalization of Euthanasia’ Christian Bioethics (forthcoming)

Rebecca Kukla

  1. With Cassie Herbert, “Sexual Violations and Moral Repair,” forthcoming in a volume on philosophy and the #metoo movement, edited by Yolonda Wilson, Routlege.
  2. “Healthism and the weaponization of “health”: A response to Valles”, forthcoming in Studies in the History an Philosophy of Science
  3. “Don’t @ me: The pragmatics of technologically enabled speech acts,” forthcoming in a volume on Brandom and Speech Act Theory, Oxford University Press.
  4. R. Kukla, “Taking Children’s Autonomy Seriously as a Parent,” forthcoming from APA Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy.
  5. R. Kukla, City Living: How Urban Spaces and Urban Dwellers Make One Another, forthcoming from Oxford University Press, scheduled for 2020.
  6. R. Kukla and C. Herbert, “Sexual Wrongdoing and the Ecology of Harm,” special issue on gendered oppression, eds. Kate Manne and Bianka Takoka, Philosophical Topics, forthcoming 2019.
  7. R. Kukla, “Misogyny and Ideological Logic,” forthcoming in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, in a special issue on Kate Manne’s Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny, 2019.
  8. R. Kukla and E. Kukla, “Moving through Real and Virtual Urban Spaces,” forthcoming in Circles: A Journal of Philosophy, 2020.
  9. R. Kukla and D. Steinberg, “I Didn’t Say All Those Things I Said: The Pragmatics of Retraction and Apology,” in L. Anderson and E. LePore, eds, Oxford Handbook of Applied Philosophy of Language, forthcoming from Oxford University Press.
  10. R. Kukla and C. Herbert, “Sexual Violations and Ecological Repair,” forthcoming in a volume on the #metoo movement edited by Yolonda Wilson, Routledge.
  11. “Situated Knowledge, Purity, and Moral Panic,” forthcoming in Applied Epistemology, ed. J. Lackey, Oxford University Press.
  12. “Interpellation and Slurs: A Response to Swanson,” forthcoming in a volume on ideology edited by S. Haslanger and J. Stanley, Oxford University Press.

Maggie Little

  1. “Ending the Evidence Gap for Pregnant Women in HIV and its Co-Infections: A Call to Action,” authored by the PHASES working group (a NIH funded grant on Pregnancy, HIV/AIDS: Seeking Equitable Study), forthcoming Spring 2020
  2. M. Little, E Edenberg, S Luken, J Healey, “Ethics Lab: Harnassing Design Methodologies for Translational Ethics,” in A Guide to Field Philosophy: Case Studies and Practical Strategies, eds. R. Frodeman and E. Brister, Routledge, forthcoming

Madison Powers

  1. “Making a Difference: Individual Responsibility in the Anthropocene,” in Applying Nonideal Theory to Bioethics: Living and Dying in a Nonideal World, eds. Laura Guidry-Grimes and Elizabeth Victor (New York: Springer Publishing, forthcoming)
  2. “Ethical Challenges Posed by Climate Change: An Overview,” in Moral Theory and Climate Change: Ethical Perspectives on a Warming Planet. Dale E. Miller and Ben Eggleston, editors. (London: Taylor & Francis/Routledge, forthcoming 2020)
  3. “Food Justice and the Global Political Economy,” Ethics and International Affairs 34 (Fall, 2020)

Henry Richardson

  1. Henry S. Richardson & Mildred K. Cho, “Partial Entrustment in Pragmatic Clinical Trials,” American Journal of Bioethics (forthcoming as an open peer commentary)

Daniel Sulmasy

  1. Dalle Ave AL, Sulmasy DP, Bernat J. The ethical obligation of the dead donor rule. Med Health Care Phil (in press, 2019)
  2. Brueck, MK, Sulmasy DP. The rule of double effect: a tool for moral deliberation in practice and policy. Harvard Bioethics Journal (in press, 2019)

Robert Veatch

  1. “Foreword,” In: Abortion: Global Perspectives and Practice, Edited by Alireza Bagheri. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, forthcoming
  2. “New Controversies in Defining Death: A Case for Choice,” Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, forthcoming
  3. “Lists of Principles in Bioethics: Reconciling Apparent Differences,” forthcoming in the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy

2019

Sean Aas

  1. You Didn’t Build that! Equality and Productivity in a Complex Society” – Philosophy and Phenomenological Research vol. 98, no. 1 (2019)
  2. Some notes on the nature and limits of posthumous rights: a response to Persad” – early view at the Journal of Medical Ethics (2019)
  3. Who Owns the Data in a Medical Information Commons?” (with Amy L. McGuire, Jessica Roberts, and Barbara J. Evans) Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics vol. 47 no. 1 (2019)

Marcello Antosh 

  1. Presentation: 2019 Edinburg Legal Theory Seminar Series “Debunking Theories of Normative Powers Without Debunking Normative Powers”
  2. Presentation: 2019 Manchester Center for Political Theory “On Reasoning By Counterexample In The Normative Domain”
  3. Presentation: 2019 Society for Philosophy and Psychology “On Reasoning By Counterexample In The Normative Domain”

Susan Crockin

  1. “Legal Issues in Oncofertility Treatment” in Textbook of Oncofertility Research and Practice, Theresa Woodruff ed., (Springer) (2019)

Elizabeth Edenberg

  1. E. Edenberg and M.L. Jones, “Analyzing the Legal Roots and Moral Core of Digital Consent,” New Media and Society, Vol. 21, No.8 (2019): 1804-1823

Rebecca Kukla

  1. MA Thesis, Repurposed Spaces in Berlin and Johannesburg, CUNY 2019.

Maggie Little

  1. Lyerly AD, Jaffe EF, Little M, “Access to pregnancy-related health services: public health ethics issues,” In Oxford Handbook of Public Health Ethics, Eds. AC Mastroianni, JP Kahn, and N Kass, Sept. 2019
  2. Sullivan, KA, M. Little, N. Rosenberg, C. Zimba, E. Jaffe, S. Gilbert, J. Coleman, I. Hoffman, T. Mtande, J. Anderson, M. Gross, L. Rahangdale, R. Faden, A. Lyerly. “Women’s views about contraception requirements for biomedical research participation,” PLOS ONE, May 8, 2019 
  3. SA Healy, M Fried, T Richie, K Bok, M Little, A August, L Riley, GK Swamy, BJ Wylie, C Menendez, A Muehlenbachs, O Doumbo, B Greenwood, PF Billingsley, SL Hoffman, PE Duffy, Malaria vaccine trials in pregnant women: An imperative without precedent, Vaccine, 2019 Feb 4;37(6):763-770
  4. Little, M., M. Wickremsinhe, E. Jaffe, A. Lyerly. “Research with Pregnant Women: A Feminist Challenge,” in Ethical Issues in Women’s Healthcare: Practice and Policy, eds. L. D’Agincourt-Canning and C. Ells, Oxford University Press (New York), 2019, pp 279-298
  5. MN Wickremsinhe, M Little, AS. Carter, KA. Sullivan, and AD Lyerly, Beyond “Vessels and Vectors”: A Global Review of Registered HIV-Related Clinical Trials with Pregnant Women, Journal of Women’s Health Vol. 28, No. 1, published online 10 Jan 2019 

Madison Powers

  1. Structural Injustice: Power, Advantage, and Human Rights, Ruth Faden. Oxford University Press, 2019

Karen Stohr

  1. Minding the Gap: Moral Ideals and Moral Improvement. Oxford University Press, 2019

Daniel Sulmasy

  1. Sulmasy DP. Engaging Pellegrino’s philosophy of medicine: Can one of the founders of the field still help us today? Theor Med Bioeth 2019;40:165-168
  2. Sulmasy DP. Physician assisted suicide and the perils of empirical ethical research. JAMA Netw Open 2019 Aug 2;2(8):e198628
  3. Sulmasy DP. Ethics and evidence. J Clin Ethics 2019;30(1):56-66
  4. Sulmasy DP, Courtois MA. Why the common-sense distinction between killing and allowing to die is so easy to grasp but so hard to explain. Camb Q Healthc Ethics 2019;28:353-358
  5. Sulmasy DP, Courtois, MA. Unlike diamonds, defibrillators are not forever: why it is sometimes ethical to de-activate implanted cardiac electric devices. Camb Q Healthc Ethics 2019;28: 338-346
  6. DeMartino ES, Braus NA, Sulmasy DP, Bohman JK, Stulak JM, Guru PK, Feuchtmann KR, Singh N, Shears GJ, Mueller PS. Decisions to withdraw extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support: patient characteristics and ethical considerations. Mayo Clin Proc 2019;94:620-627
  7. Brueck MK, Sulmasy DP. The genealogy of death: a chronology of US organizations promoting euthanasia and assisted suicide. Palliat Support Care 2019;17:604-608
  8. Sprung CL, Somerville MA, Radbruch L, Collet NS, Duttge G, Piva JP, Antonelli M, Sulmasy DP, Lemmens W, Ely EW. Physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia: emerging issues from a global perspective. J Palliat Care 2019;33:197-203

Robert Veatch

  1. Gordon, Elisa J; Beth Knopf; Caitlin Phillips; Adam Mussell; Jungwha Lee; Robert Veatch; Peter Abt; and Peter Reese. “Transplant Candidates’ Perceptions of Informed Consent for Accepting Deceased Donor Organs Subjected to Intervention Research and for Participating in Post-transplant Research.” American Journal of Transplantation, Sept. 2019
  2. Veatch, Robert M., and Laura K. Guidry-Grimes. The Basics of Bioethics, fourth edition, New York: Routledge, 2019

2018

Sean Aas

  1. Sexual Re-orientation in Ideal and Non-Ideal Theory” (with Candice Delmas) Journal of Political Philosophy vol. 26 no. 4s (2018)
  2. On Valuing Impairment” (with Dana Howard) Philosophical Studies vol. 175, no. 5 (special issue, selections from 2017 Pacific APA) (2018)
  3. New Frontiers in Surgery: The Case of Penis and Uterine Transplantation” (with Gennaro Selvaggi) in The Idea of Scientific Freedom II, Harris and Giordano eds., (Manchester University Press) (2018)

Susan Crockin

  1. Debele GA, Crockin SL. Legal Issues Surrounding Embyos and Gametes: What Family Law Practitioners Need to Know. Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 2018;31:55-12
  2. Madeira, JL, Crockin SL. Legal principles and seminal legal cases in oocyte donation. Fertility and Sterility 2018;110(7):1209-1215
  3. Crockin SL, Gottschalk KC. Legal Issues in Gamete and Embryo Cryopreservation: An Overview. Seminars in Reproductive Medicine 2018;36(05):299-310

Elizabeth Edenberg

  1. E. Edenberg, “Growing Up Sexist: Challenges to Rawlsian Stability,” Law and Philosophy, Vol. 37, No.6 (2018): 577-612
  2. M.L. Jones, E. Edenberg, K. Kaufman, “AI and the Ethics of Automating Consent,” IEEE: Security & Privacy, Vol. 16, No.3 (2018): 64-72
  3. E. Edenberg, “Cultivating Reasonableness in Future Citizens,” On Education. Journal for Research and Debate,Vol. 1, No.1 (2018)

Mark Hanin

  1. Review of “In the Tower: Anne Truitt,” National Gallery of Art exhibition, 2017–18, PANORAMA, vol. 4, no. 2 (2018)
  2. Jacobson R, Ferraro MF, Hanin M. “Environmental Deconfliction: The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 and Its Implications for Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources,” Pratt’s Energy Law Report, vol. 18, no. 7 (2018): 223-240
  3. Jacobson R, Custer N, Hanin M. “Natural Resource Damages for the Entrepreneurial Practitioner: Innovations in NRD Assessment and Restoration,” ABA Superfund and Natural Resource Damages Litigation Committee Newsletter, vol. 13, no. 1 (2018): 3-9

John Keown

  1. Euthanasia, Ethics and Public Policy: An Argument against Legalisation (Cambridge University Press, 2nd edition, 2018)
  2. Alfonso Gómez-Lobo and John Keown, Bioethics and the Human Goods (Georgetown University Press, 2015) translated into Spanish as La Bioética y Los Bienes Humanos by Ediciones UC and Georgetown University Press, 2018
  3. Carter: A Stain on Canadian Jurisprudence?‘ in Derek B.M.Ross (ed), (2018) 85 Supreme Court Law Review (2d.) 1-34
  4. ‘Voluntary Assisted Dying’ in Victoria: The Parliamentary Committee’s Tenuous Case for Legalization“, (2018) 33(1) Issues in Law & Medicine 55-81
  5. ‘The Irish Referendum: From Equal Protection to a Charter for Abortion’ National Review, 29 May 2018

Rebecca Kukla

  1. R. Kukla, “That’s What She Said: The Language of Sexual Negotiation,” Ethics 129, 2018, 70-97.
  2. R. Kukla, “Slurs, Ideology, and Interpellation,” Southern Journal of Philosophy 56, 2018, 1-26.
  3. R. Kukla, “Embodied Stances: Realism Without Literalism,” in The Philosophy of Daniel Dennett, ed. B. Huebner, Oxford University Press 2018, 3-31.
  4. R. Kukla, “Shame, Seduction, and Character in Food Messaging,” Oxford Companion to Food Ethics, eds. A. Barnhill, A. Egan, T. Dogget, Oxford University Press, 2018.

Maggie Little

  1. Sullivan KA, Little M, Rosenberg NE, Mtande T, Zimba C, Jaffe E, Anderson J, Coleman JS, Gilbert S, Gross Wolf MS, Hoffman I, Rahangdale L, Faden R, Lyerly AD. “Women’s Views About a Paternal Consent Requirement for Biomedical Research in Pregnancy,” Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, 2018

Madison Powers

  1. Water, Justice, and Public Health,” Oxford Handbook of Public Health Ethics. Jeffrey Kahn, Nancy Kass, and Anna Mastroianni, editors, (Oxford University Press, 2018)
  2. Food, Fairness, and Global Markets,” Oxford Handbook of Food Ethics. Anne Barnhill, Tyler Doggett, and Mark B. Budolfson, editors, (Oxford University Press, 2018)
  3. Sustainability and Resilience,” Encyclopedia of the Anthropocene, vol.4, edited by Dominick DellaSala and Michael Goldstein, 29-37. Oxford: Elsevier, 2018

Henry Richardson

  1. Articulating the Moral Community: Toward a Constructive Ethical Pragmatism (Oxford, 2018)

Karen Stohr

  1. Pretending Not to Notice: Respect, Attention, and Disability” In Disability in Practice: Attitudes, Policies and Relationships, ed. Adam Cureton and Thomas Hill (Oxford University Press, 2018)
  2. The Etiquette of Eating” In The Oxford Handbook of Food Ethics, ed. Anne Barnhill, Tyler Doggett, and Andy Egan (Oxford University Press, 2018)
  3. Virtuous Motivation” In The Oxford Handbook of Virtue, ed. Nancy Snow. (Oxford University Press, 2018)

Daniel Sulmasy

  1. Sulmasy DP. The last low whispers of our dead: when is it ethically justifiable to render a patient unconscious until death? Theor Med Bioeth 2018; 39:233-263
  2. Sulmasy DP. Sedation and care at the end of life. Theor Med Bioeth 2018;39:171-80
  3. Sulmasy DP. An open letter to Norman Cantor regarding dementia and physician-assisted suicide. Hastings Cent Rep 2018;48(4):28-30
  4. Sulmasy DP, Finlay I, Fitzgerald F, Foley KM, Payne R, Siegler M. Physician-assisted suicide: why neutrality by organized medicine is neither neutral nor appropriate. J Gen Intern Med 2018;33:1394-1399
  5. Sulmasy DP. Italy’s new advance directive law: when in Rome… JAMA Intern Med 2018;178:607-608
  6. Astrow AB, Kwok G, Sharma RK, Fromer N, Sulmasy DP. Spiritual needs and perception of quality of care and satisfaction with care in oncology patients: a multi-cultural assessment. J Pain Symptom Manage 2018;55:56-64
  7. Balboni MJ, Sullivan A, Smith PT, Zaidi D, Mitchell C, Tulsky JA, Sulmasy D, VanderWeele TJ, Balboni TA. The views of clergy regarding ethical controversies in care at the end of life. J Pain Symptom Manage 2018;55:65-74
  8. Jansen LA, Mahadevan D, Appelbaum PS, Klein WMP, Weinstein ND, Mori M, Degnin C, Sulmasy DP. Perceptions of control and unrealistic optimism in early-phase cancer trials. J Med Ethics 2018;44:121-127

Robert Veatch

  1. “Are Organ Donors Really Dead: The Near-Irrelevance of Autoresuscitation,” American Journal of Bioethics 18 (No. 8, Aug. 2018):1-2
  2. Would a Reasonable Person Now Accept the 1968 Harvard Brain Death Report?: A Short History of Brain Death,” Defining Death: Organ Transplantation and the Fifty-Year Legacy of the Harvard Report on Brain Death, special report, Hastings Center Report 48 (no. 6, 2018):S2-S5