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School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs Meet our Faculty!

William P. Kabasenche

Clinical  Professor of Philosophy
Fellow, Center for Reproductive Biology
Fellow, Center for Integrated Biotechnology

Office: 814 Johnson Tower
Phone: 509.335.8719
Curriculum Vitae

William P. Kabasenche (PhD, 2006, University of Tennessee) is a Clinical Associate Professor of Philosophy in the School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs, as well as a Fellow, in the Center for Reproductive Biology and the Center for Integrated Biotechnology. His research is in the general area of bioethics, looking particularly at ethical issues at the intersection of health care and biotechnology on one side and moral identity, moral psychology, and character on the other. In recent work, he has looked at the ethics of enhancing moral capacities via biotechnology and at ethical, philosophical, and environmental issues connected to the emerging science of epigenetics.

Ph.D. (Philosophy), University of Tennessee
M.A., (Theology), Wheaton College
B.A. (Philosophy and Biology), Wheaton College

Research Interests:
Bioethics and Practical Ethics more generally, ethics of moral enhancement, ethics of biotechnologies, research ethics, ethics of health care professions, virtue ethics, moral identity, moral psychology

PHIL 365 Biomedical Ethics (undergraduate)
PHIL 370 Environmental Ethics (undergraduate)
PHIL 530 Bioethics (graduate)
PHIL 535 Advanced Biomedical Ethics (graduate)
PHIL 540 Ethics and Social Science Research (graduate)

Recent Publications:
Reference and Referring (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2013).
Co-edited with Michael O’Rourke and Matthew Slater.

The Environment: Philosophy, Science, and Ethics (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2012).
Co-edited with Michael O’Rourke and Matthew Slater.

Goldsby, Michael, and William Kabasenche, “Uncertainty, Bias, and Equipoise: A New (Old)
Approach to the Ethics of Clinical Research,” Theoretical & Applied Ethics
(forthcoming, 2015).

“(The Ethics of) Teaching Science and Ethics: A Collaborative Proposal,” Journal of
Microbiology & Biology Education 15:2 (2014): 135-138.

Kabasenche, William and Michael Skinner, “DDT, epigenetic harm, and transgenerational
environmental justice,” Environmental Health 13:62 (2014): 1-5. {DOI:10.1186/1476-069X-13-62}

“Engineering for Virtue? Toward Holistic Moral Enhancement,” in John Basl and Ronald
Sandler, eds., Designer Biology: The Ethics of Intensively Engineering Biological and
Ecological Systems (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2013), pp. 69-86.

“Moral Enhancement Worth Having: Thinking Holistically,” American Journal of
Bioethics Neuroscience 3.4 (2012): 18-20.

“Poets in the Clinic: Recasting ‘Virtue Essentialist’ Arguments About Enhancement in
Prototype Form,” American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience 2/2 (2011): 44-45.

“What It Is: The Biology and Moral Status of Parthenotes and Embryos,” American
Journal of Bioethics 11/3 (2011): 29-30.

“Aristotle on Courage and the Moral Development of Virtues and Emotions”
Studies in the History of Ethics, Special Symposium on Ethics and Emotions in
the History of Philosophy, December 2008 <>.

“Emotions, Memory Suppression, and Identity”
American Journal of Bioethics September 2007/ 7(9): 33-34.

“Performance-Enhancement and the Pursuit of Excellence”
Running and Philosophy, Michael W. Austin, editor. (Blackwell, 2007), 103-113.