The goal of ethics is not to increase people’s choices. Rather, ethics concerns the quality of the choices that people freely make.

—Daniel Sulmasy, Director,
Senior Research Scholar,
Andre Hellegers Professor of Biomedical Ethics

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As a philosopher, I’m interested in not just the policy, but every place in that policy discussion where there’s an ethical inflection, where some issue of justice gets raised.

—Madison Powers, Senior Research Scholar,
Professor Emeritus of Philosophy

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The first Jesuits were educational innovators. Nearly 500 years later, Georgetown’s mission continues to direct us to respond generously and creatively to the needs of a changing world.

—Karen Stohr, Senior Research Scholar,
Ryan Family Professor of Metaphysics and Moral Philosophy

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The medical and cultural status of mothers' bodies went through a profound transformation during the second half of the eighteenth century—a transformation intimately linked to the triumph of Enlightenment ideology, modern science, and the formation of the modern, humanist democracy.

—Quill R Kukla, Senior Research Scholar,
Professor of Philosophy

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"Whether one looks to debates over cochlear implants or the revolutions epigenetic research has yielded in molecular biology, the role of psychosocial, historical, and environmental factors continues to force revisions of medicine’s central concepts and of medical practice itself."

—Joel Michael Reynolds, Senior Research Scholar,
Assistant Professor of Philosophy & Disability Studies

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Whether the law should permit voluntary euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide is one of the most vital questions facing all modern societies.

—John Keown, Senior Research Scholar,
Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Christian Ethics

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Every MOOC is an experiment. We are going to push the boundaries. This will be a thoughtful experiment, performed with integrity, which will do Georgetown proud.

—Maggie Little, Francis J. McNamara, Jr. Chair of Philosophy,
Senior Research Scholar,
Professor of Philosophy,
Director of Ethics Lab

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The issue of medical researchers' ancillary-care obligations to the research participants in their studies arises pervasively in the trenches … [but] it has been almost entirely ignored by those writing on the ethics of medical research.

—Henry Richardson, Senior Research Scholar,
Professor of Philosophy

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Brain-computer interfaces will have a significant impact on attitudes toward disabilities… It may be liberating, oppressive, or both.

—Sean Aas, Senior Research Scholar,
Assistant Professor of Philosophy

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