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Dr. Eric Vogelstein is an associate professor with a joint appointment in the School of Nursing and the Department of Philosophy. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010 and has been at Duquesne since 2013. Dr. Vogelstein works primarily in biomedical ethics and on related topics in ethical theory.


  • PhD, Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin, 2010
  • MA, Philosophy, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2003
  • BA, Philosophy, Brandeis University, 2000

Research Interests or Expertise

Dr. Vogelstein works on a variety of theoretical and practical topics in biomedical ethics. He has published on surrogate decision-making and advance directives, medically-assisted dying, ethical issues related to prenatal and neonatal life, the concept and possibility of moral expertise and on various ethical issues is nursing practice and education.

  • Biomedical Ethics
  • Ethical Theory


Select publications

  • ‘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 46: 773-779 (2020).
  • ‘Normative Nursing Ethics: A Literature Review and Tentative Recommendations' (with Alison Colbert), Nursing Ethics 27: 7-15 (2020).
  • ‘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).
  • ‘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).
  • Grefenstette Center Faculty Fellowship, Duquesne University (2022-23)
  • Presidential Scholarship Award, Duquesne University (2021, 2015)
  • School of Nursing Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, Duquesne University (2018)