As the Director of the Center for Bioethics and Bioethics Master’s Program at the College of Global Public Health, Dr. Liao provides students with an education grounded in a broad conception of bioethics encompassing both medical and environmental ethics. Dr. Liao offers our students the opportunity to explore the intersection of human rights practice with central domains of public health. Dr. Liao, the Arthur Zitrin Professor of Bioethics and an Affiliated Professor in the Department of Philosophy, regularly teaches normative theory and neuroethics. His courses address questions such as how the rightness or wrongness of an act is determined and ethical issues arising out of new medical technologies such as embryonic stem cell research, cloning, artificial reproduction, and genetic engineering; and ethical issues raised by the development and use of neuroscientific technologies such as the ethics of erasing traumatic memories; the ethics of mood and cognitive enhancements; and moral and legal implications of “mind-reading” technologies for brain privacy. The Bioethics MA teaches students “how to build an ethical argument, anticipate objections and know how to respond. Those are transferrable skills that one can use in different careers.” One behalf of the Center for Bioethics, Dr. Liao also regularly convenes, for the academic and public community, monthly Bioethics colloquia and annual international conferences, which aim to tackle and address some of the most pressing bioethical issues of the day. Read More…
Daniel Fogal joined NYU Bioethics in September 2017 as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Bioethics. From 2015 to 2017 he was a postdoctoral research fellow at Uppsala University in conjunction with the Varieties of Normativity project. He received his doctorate in philosophy at NYU and his bachelors in philosophy at Cal Poly SLO. He works primarily in (meta)ethics, epistemology, and the philosophy of language. He also has research interests in metaphysics and early modern philosophy.
Jordan MacKenzie is an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow at the NYU Center for Bioethics. Prior to joining the Center for Bioethics, she completed her PhD in Philosophy at UNC-Chapel Hill. She works primarily in normative ethics, and is interested in questions relating to the moral value of self-knowledge, the harms caused by self-deception, and the moral dilemmas that often confront caregivers.
Chelsea Rosenthal is an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in the Center for Bioethics at New York University. Her current research focuses on moral decision-making under uncertain circumstances. She argues that, given our uncertainty and fallibility, we have a moral responsibility to use good strategies for trying to be moral, and thinking in terms of those responsibilities can help us to make sense of a wide range of practical moral requirements concerning, for example, interpersonal toleration, principle-agent relationships, and exceptions to moral rules in high-stakes cases. She has studied philosophy at New York University, the University of Virginia, and Bryn Mawr College, and she holds a J.D. from New York University’s School of Law.
William Ruddick (Ph.D., Harvard) is Professor of Philosophy, Arthur Zitrin Professor of Bioethics, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, and Director of the NYU Center for Bioethics. He specializes in normative ethics, especially bioethics. Publications include: “‘Biographical lives’ revisited and extended” (J. of Ethics 2005), “Prejudice against ‘unbalanced families’” (Amer. J. of Bioethics 2001), “Hope and Deception” (Bioethics 1999), “Family and Ethics” (Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, ed. E. Craig 1998), “Parenthood: Three concepts and a principle” (Morals, Marriage, & Parenthood, ed. L. Houlgate 1998), “Do doctors undertreat pain?” (Bioethics 1997 ), “Social self-deceptions” (Perspectives on Self-Deception, ed. A.O. Rorty 1988). He has edited Philosophers in Medical Centers (Society for Philosophy & Public Affairs 1980) and (with O. O’Neill), Having Children (Oxford UP 1979). He recently co-authored (with Lori Gruen) “Biomedical and Environmental Ethics Alliance: Common Causes and Grounds” (J. Bioethical Inquiry 2009)—a rationale for the collaboration of the NYU Centers for Bioethics and Environmental Studies and M.A. degree in Bioethics: Life, Heath, and the Environment. He is currently writing a book, tentatively entitled: “Doctors’ Wit & Wisdom: Clinical Quips and Maxims.” Read More…
Arthur Leonard Caplan, Ph.D., is the Drs. William F and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor and the founding director of the Division of Medical Ethics at NYU Langone Medical Center’s Department of Population Health. Prior to coming to NYU Langone, Caplan was the Sidney D. Caplan Professor of Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia, where he created the Center for Bioethics and the Department of Medical Ethics. Dr. Caplan also taught at the University of Minnesota, where he founded the Center for Biomedical Ethics, the University of Pittsburgh, and Columbia University. He was the Associate Director of the Hastings Center from 1984-1987. Read More…
Dale Jamieson is Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy, Affiliated Professor of Law, Affiliated Professor of Bioethics, and Chair of the Environmental Studies Department at New York University. He is also Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College, London, and Adjunct Professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia. Formerly he was Henry R. Luce Professor in Human Dimensions of Global Change at Carleton College, and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he was the only faculty member to have won both the Dean’s award for research in the social sciences and the Chancellor’s award for research in the humanities. He has held visiting appointments at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Cornell, Princeton, Stanford, Oregon, Arizona State University, and Monash University in Australia, and is a former member of the School of Social Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Read More…
Arthur Zitrin, William Ruddick