Remembering Robert M. Veatch, PhD 1939-2020

Robert M. Veatch, PhD, Senior Research Scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Professor Emeritus of Medical Ethics, and a Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Georgetown University died Monday, November 9, 2020 at age 81 after a short illness.

COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources Our scholars are working with other leading experts to help provide ethical guidance in high-level healthcare policies and in day-to-day life during the COVID-19 pandemic. KIE Acting Director and Georgetown University President John DeGioia “Georgetown Now Series” KIE Acting Director Dr. Daniel Sulmasy “Age, Life-Years, Fair Innings: The Ethics of Chronometric Rationing in […]

Books by KIE Scholars

Books by KIE Scholars Elizabeth Edenberg Politics and Truth: New Perspectives in Political Epistemology, co-edited with Michael Hannon, (full manuscript is under review at Oxford University Press) Jus Post Bellum and Transitional Justice (2013), co-edited with Larry May, co-authored introduction, Cambridge University Press John Keown Abortion, Doctors and the Law: Some Aspects of the Legal […]

Bioethics Courses

Explore recent bioethics offerings. Recent graduate seminars include: Authority: Political/Moral  Henry S. Richardson Deontic Pluralism  Margaret Olivia Little Distributive Justice  Madison Powers Environmental Justice  Virginia A. Sharpe Ethics of Death & Dying  Robert M. Veatch Ethics Proseminar  Henry S. Richardson Joint Seminar in Law and Philosophy: Rights  Henry S. Richardson & John Mikhail Just Wars in […]

Bioethics Courses

Explore this year’s bioethics courses. (All of these count towards the Bioethics Minor; all are for Fall 2021. Please note that some additional courses may be added to this list, so please check back!) Courses in the Department of Philosophy PHIL 103-01: Research Ethics  – Jacob Earl (TTh 6:30-7:45 pm) *PHIL 105-01: Bioethics – Laura […]


History from the first-person perspective. We’ve collected a number of interviews conducted by historians of bioethics that touch on the founding and development of the KIE, many from the Project on Bioethics in American Society, a multi-year ethnological study of the field of bioethics conducted by sociologist Renée C. Fox and historian Judith P. Swazey. […]

Books & Articles

Secondary materials: browse books and articles about the KIE Books The following books deal, in whole or in part, with the founding of the KIE and its role in the development of the field itself. Observing Bioethics, by Renee C. Fox & Judith P. Swazey (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008); drawn from the series […]