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, Acting 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 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,
Associate Professor of 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.

—Rebecca Kukla, Senior Research Scholar,
Professor of Philosophy

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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, 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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Just war theory … needs further development to handle the problems presented by civil wars, asymmetrical forms of warfare and religious and ethnic conflict.

—John Langan, Senior Research Scholar,
Professor of Philosophy, Cardinal Bernardin Chair in Catholic Social Thought

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The Hippocratic Oath is unacceptable to any thinking person. It should offend the patient and challenge any health care professional to look elsewhere for moral authority.

—Robert Veatch, Senior Research Scholar,
Professor Emeritus of Medical Ethics

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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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