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    Beyond Neuroscience: Non-Experimental Arguments Against Commonly Held Ethical Beliefs
    American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience 1 (4): 51-52. 2010.
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    Well-being is that which is non-instrumentally good for a person. It is identical to how well someone's life goes. There are three main theories of well-being: hedonism, desire-fulfillment, and objective list theories. Each of these theories is subject to criticism, which has led some philosophers to posit a hybrid theory in which well-being is defined as taking pleasure in objective goods. One problem that comes with such an account is the possibility of what I will call harmless pleasures; tha…Read more
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    Catholicism, the Role of the State, and the Duty to Vacciniate
    American Journal of Bioethics 17 (4): 56-57. 2017.
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    Advances in the understanding of genetics have led to the belief that it may become possible to use genetic engineering to manipulate the DNA of humans at the embryonic stage to produce certain desirable traits. Although this currently cannot be done on a large scale, many people nevertheless object in principle to such practices. Most often, they argue that genetic enhancements would harm the children who were engineered, cause societal harms, or that the risks of perfecting the procedures are …Read more
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    The Catholic Position on Germ Line Genetic Engineering
    American Journal of Bioethics 9 (11): 33-34. 2009.
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    A Rethinking of Contemporary Religious Tolerance
    with Jeffrey Dueck
    Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 77 73-82. 2003.
    In relating philosophy to intercultural understanding, one of the key problems that arises is that of the relationship between tolerance and religious belief.This paper challenges the common understanding of tolerance in contemporary debates over religious diversity. It argues that tolerance is overused and over-applied in these debates, and has wrongfully come to refer to tactlessness, harshness of condemnation, and even exclusivity of belief. In seeking to clarify the concept and ensure its ap…Read more
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    Embryo Loss in Natural Procreation and Stem Cell Research
    The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 12 (3): 461-476. 2012.
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    A Rethinking of Contemporary Religious Tolerance
    with Jeffrey Dueck
    Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 77 73-82. 2003.
    In relating philosophy to intercultural understanding, one of the key problems that arises is that of the relationship between tolerance and religious belief.This paper challenges the common understanding of tolerance in contemporary debates over religious diversity. It argues that tolerance is overused and over-applied in these debates, and has wrongfully come to refer to tactlessness, harshness of condemnation, and even exclusivity of belief. In seeking to clarify the concept and ensure its ap…Read more
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    Revisiting the Non-Identity Problem and the Virtues of Parenthood
    American Journal of Bioethics 12 (4): 24-26. 2012.
    The American Journal of Bioethics, Volume 12, Issue 4, Page 24-26, April 2012
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    The role of physician opinion in human enhancement
    with David P. Martin
    American Journal of Bioethics 11 (1). 2011.
    This Article does not have an abstract
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    Catholicism, the Human Form, and Genetic Engineering
    Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 84 75-87. 2010.
    In September of 2008, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith published Dignitas Personae, which addresses several newly emerging topics in thearea of biomedical ethics. One of these topics is genetic engineering, which we can define as the intentional manipulation of genetic material so as to produce some desired trait or characteristic. Genetic engineering is discussed in Dignitas Personae, but is done so relatively briefly. In this paper, I explore some of the metaphysical and ethical …Read more
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    Tolerance and Tact
    Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines 22 (4): 27-31. 2003.
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    Wrongful life and the human embryo: a Catholic response to a common criticism
    The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 8 (4): 655-662. 2008.
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    Catholicism, the Human Form, and Genetic Engineering
    Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 84 75-87. 2010.
    In September of 2008, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith published Dignitas Personae, which addresses several newly emerging topics in thearea of biomedical ethics. One of these topics is genetic engineering, which we can define as the intentional manipulation of genetic material so as to produce some desired trait or characteristic. Genetic engineering is discussed in Dignitas Personae, but is done so relatively briefly. In this paper, I explore some of the metaphysical and ethical …Read more