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Philosophy & Religion | Bishop Hurst Lecture Series

32nd Annual Bishop Hurst Lecture
Spring 1991 Brochure

Dr. Thomas Beauchamp
Professor of Philosophy and Senior Research Scholar at the Kennedy Institute, Georgetown University

Why Is the Topic of Animal Rights so Ticklish?

Thursday, February 21, 1991
Bentley Lounge, Gray Hall
8:00 pm

Professor Beauchamp received his B. A. and M. A. degree's from Southern Methodist University, a B. D. degree from Yale University, and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from The Johns Hopkins University. He has been teaching at Georgetown University since 1970, and has been a Full Professor there since 1979. He has been a Staff Philosopher for The National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research at the National Institute of Health, and a Visiting Professor at The University of Maryland.


Professor Beauchamp has become one of the foremost distinguished philosophers in the philosophy of science and medical ethics. Currently holding positions as a Series Editor for The Foundations of Philosophy series (Prentice Hall), General Editor (with D. F. Norton and M. A. Stewart) of The Critical Edition of the Works of David Hume (Princeton University Press), and an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Business Ethics and the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. He has been the Chairman of the Committee on Medicine and Philosophy of the American Philosophical Association, and active member of the National Academy of the Sciences, National Research Council, Committee on Laboratory Animals, and was an Advisory Board Member for the National Public Radio and Educational Television's "Ethics in America" series. He has given papers and lectures at over seventy five universities and colleges throughout the U.S., the United Kingdom, Canada, and Japan.

Professor Beauchamp has been the Principal Investigator for four grants: two from the National Endowment for the Humanities (1984-85, 1985-88) on journalism ethics and for volume five of The Critical Edition of the Works of David Hume, respectively, and one from the National Science Foundation (1978-81) for a study of "Ethical Issues in Social Science Research," and one from the National Library of Medicine for a book length study of Informed Consent. In addition, he was the recipient of a grant from the Exxon Foundation (1981-82) for a case study in business ethics.