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Eric Vogelstein

Associate Professor
School of Nursing and
Department of Philosophy

Libermann Hall 809
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. Eric Vogelstein is Associate Professor with a joint appointment in the School of Nursing and the Department of Philosophy. Dr. Vogelstein specializes in biomedical ethics and ethical theory. Among other topics, he has published on the ethics of advance directives and surrogate decision-making, assisted dying, the moral status of prenatal life, moral expertise, and issues in nursing ethics. Dr. Vogelstein has also published on theoretical issues in moral philosophy related to the nature of morality and the relationship between morality and practical reason.

  • Clinical bioethics 
  • Ethical theory
  • The ethics of advanced directives and surrogate decision-making
  • The morality of physician--assisted dying, including nurses' participation
  • The moral status of prenatal life

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.



A New Moral Sentimentalism, Canadian Journal of Philosophy (forthcoming)

Metaphysics and the Future-Like-Ours Argument against Abortion, Journal of Ethics (forthcoming)

Deciding for the Incompetent, forthcoming in the Routledge Handbook of End-of-Life Ethics, ed. John Davis (Routledge)

Advance Directives for Euthanasia, forthcoming in Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide: Global Perspectives on Choosing Death, ed. Michael Cholbi (Praeger)

Professional Hubris and its Consequences: Why Organizations of Health-Care Professions Should Not Adopt Ethically Controversial Positions, Bioethics (forthcoming)

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

The Nature and Value of Bioethics Expertise, Bioethics 29: 324-333 (2015)

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

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

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

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

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

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


Presidential Scholarship Award, Duquesne University (2015)

Scholarly Development Grant, Jefferson College of Health Sciences (2012, 2013)