Mark Wicclair – Professor


Applied Ethics
Ethical Theory

Research Interests

One of my current research interests is in the area of conscientious objection in health care. I have published articles on this subject in Bioethics, the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, The American Journal of Bioethics, Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, and the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. I am writing a book on that topic under contract with Cambridge University Press.

I have also written and given presentations on the ethics of research and training with the dead. Articles on research with the dead that I wrote or co-authored have been published in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, Critical Care Medicine, and Nature Medicine. I wrote a chapter on training with the dead for an anthology entitled Death in the Clinic (Lynn Jansen, ed., Rowman and Littlefield, 2005). I also was a member of the Consensus Panel on Research with the Recently Dead, a national panel that proposed ethical guidelines for research with the dead.

On a lighter note, I also have an interest in the topic of bioethics in film and television. I have given several presentations on this subject, and I wrote a chapter on paternalism in one of my favorite television programs, House, M.D., for an anthology entitled House and Philosophy: Everybody Lies (Henry Jacoby, ed., John Wiley & Sons, 2008). Other essays on House, M.D. will be published in Medical Humanities and The American Journal of Bioethics.

I have published articles on a variety of topics in bioethics and applied ethics, and I wrote a book, Ethics and the Elderly, that was published by Oxford University Press in 1993.


Click here to view my John W. Fisher II Lecture in Law and Medicine on Conscientious Objection in Pharmacy

Other Interests

Until recently, I was a compulsive runner (7 miles a day, 7 days a week). To spare my knees, I have switched to an elliptical machine, but I am no less compulsive about getting an aerobic work-out for at least an hour a day.

I also enjoy domestic and foreign travel. The last three summers I traveled to Paris, France (2008), Cambridge, England (2007), and Bordeaux, France (2006). Next summer, I plan to visit Oslo, Norway. Several years ago, I served as a faculty member on Semester at Sea, a floating university on a ship that sailed around the world. Other interests include hiking and classical music.

Courses Offered

Health Care Ethics
Ethical Theory
Current Moral Problems
Philosophy of Law

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