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Eric Vogelstein, PhD

Assistant Professor
School of Nursing and
Department of Philosophy

Fisher Hall 510
Phone: 412.396.4466


PhD, Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin, 2010
MA, Philosophy, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2003
BA, Philosophy, Brandeis University, 2000

Dr. Vogelstein is an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the School of Nursing and the Department of Philosophy. He specializes in ethics, with focuses in biomedical ethics and theoretical ethics.

Dr. Vogelstein received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010. Before coming to Duquesne in the fall of 2013, Dr. Vogelstein was an Assistant Professor in the Humanities and Social Science program at Jefferson College of Health Sciences, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Interprofessionalism at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.


Dr. Vogelstein's main research is in bioethics and ethical theory. Among other issues, he is interested the ethics of advance directives, decision-making capacity, moral expertise, the moral status of prenatal life, and various matters related to autonomy and paternalism. He also specializes in theoretical issues in moral philosophy related to the nature of morality and the relationship between morality and practical reason.



‘Autonomy and the Moral Authority of Advance Directives,' Journal of Medicine and Philosophy (forthcoming).

‘The Nature and Value of Bioethics Expertise,' Bioethics (forthcoming).

‘Competence and Ability,' Bioethics 28 (2014): 235-244.

‘Moral Normativity,' Philosophical Studies 165 (2013): 1083-1095.

‘Subjective Reasons,' Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 15 (2012): 239-257.

‘Morality, Reasons, and Sentiments,' Philosophical Studies 155 (2011): 421-432.

‘Religious Pluralism and Justified Christian Belief: A Reply to Silver,' International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 55 (2004): 187-192.

‘The Consistency of Plantinga's Argument Against Naturalism: A Reply to Tedesco,' Philo 7 (2004): 122-124.

  • Scholarly Development Grant ($2,000), Jefferson College of Health Sciences
    2012: Autonomy and the Moral Authority of Advance Directives
    2013: Abortion and Metaphysics: What Matters
  • Arts & Sciences Travel Award, Jefferson College of Health Sciences (2010-2012)
  • Faculty Professional Travel Award, Jefferson College of Health Sciences (2010-2013)