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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.



‘Nursing Ethics as an Independent Subfield of Healthcare Ethics,' in Nursing Ethics: Normative Foundations, Advanced Concepts, and Emerging Issues, eds. Michael Deem and Jennifer Lingler (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

‘Decision-Making at the Border of Viability: Determining the Best Interests of Extremely Preterm Infants,' Journal of Medical Ethics (forthcoming).

‘Integrating Ethics Across the Curricula: Innovations in Undergraduate and Graduate Nursing Education' (with Michael Deem and Mary Ellen Glasgow), in Innovative Strategies in Teaching Nursing: Exemplars of Optimal Learning Outcomes, eds. Emerson E. Ea and Celeste M. Alfes (Springer, 2020).

‘Normative Nursing Ethics: A Literature Review and Tentative Recommendations' (with Alison Colbert), Nursing Ethics 27: 7-15 (2020)

‘Questioning Orders: A Bioethical Framework,' Nursing2019 49: 14-16 (2019)

‘Evaluating the American Nurses Association's Arguments against Nurse Participation in Assisted Suicide,' Nursing Ethics 26: 124-133 (2019)

‘Credentials for Moral Expertise,' in Moral Expertise: New Essays from Theoretical and Clinical Perspectives, ed. Jamie Watson & Laura Guidry-Grimes (Springer, 2018).

‘Promoting Nursing Students' Ethical Development in the Clinical Setting' (with Linda Koharchik, Mark Crider, Jessica Devido, & Manjulata Evatt), American Journal of Nursing 117: 57-60 (2017)

‘Advance Directives for Euthanasia,' in Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide: Global Views on Choosing to End Life, ed. Michael J. Cholbi, 327-350 (Praeger/ABC-CLIO, 2017)

‘Deciding for the Incompetent,' in Ethics at the End of Life: New Issues and Arguments, ed. John Davis, 108-125 (Routledge, 2017)

‘Metaphysics and the Future-Like-Ours Argument against Abortion,' Journal of Ethics 20: 419-434 (2016)

‘Autonomy and the Moral Authority of Advance Directives,' Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 41: 500-520 (2016)

‘A New Moral Sentimentalism,' Canadian Journal of Philosophy 46: 346-368 (2016)

‘Professional Hubris and its Consequences: Why Organizations of Health-Care Professions Should Not Adopt Ethically Controversial Positions,' Bioethics 30: 234-243 (2016)

‘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)


Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, School of Nursing, Duquesne University (2018)

Presidential Scholarship Award, Duquesne University (2015)