John Robert Hardwig



Department of Philosophy                                                     810 Oak Grove Lane
801 McClung Tower                                                                Knoxville, TN 37919
The University of Tennessee
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            Yale University, 1959-63, B.A.

            University of Texas, 1963-1967, Ph.D.
                    January, 1975, Philosophy



Biomedical ethics, ethics.


Wellesley College, 1967-69
University of Tennessee, 1969-74
Humboldt State University (CA), 1975-78
University of Tennessee, 1978-79
Maryville College, 1979-82
East Tennessee State University, 1982-2000
University of Tennessee, 2000-2010


Professor Emeritus, Department of Philosophy
University of Tennessee, Knoxville




  (Mainly articles previously published.)




“Is There a Duty to Die in Europe?” forthcoming in Dernier Y, Gastmans C, Grimonprez T & Vandevelde T (eds.), Justice, Luck & Responsibility in Health Care Springer, 2012.


“Delight in Variegation; Individual Differences, Autonomy and the Pursuit of Knowledge.”  Unpublished paper presented at Epistemic Autonomy conference, Humboldt Universität, Berlin, August 8, 2011.  


“Metaphysics, Ethics and the Social Practices of Death – A Skeptical Postscript” Unpublished paper.


“The Stockholder: A Lesson for Business Ethics from Bioethics?” Journal of Business Ethics (2010) 91(3): 329-41.


“Going to Meet Death; The Art of Dying in the Early Years of the 21st Century,” Hastings Center Report (2009) 39 (4): 37-45.


“Socrates’ Conception of Piety—Teaching the Euthyphro” Teaching Philosophy (2007) 30(3): 259-68.


“The Medicalization of Death” A.P.A. Newsletter on Philosophy and Medicine (2006) 6(1), 3-10.


“Rural Health Care Ethics:  What Assumptions and Attitudes Should Drive the Research?” [Invited Commentary}  American Journal of Bioethics (2006) 6(2): 53-55.


“Families and Futility – Forestalling Demands for Futile Treatment” Journal of Clinical Ethics (2005)

16(4): 335-44.


(with David Doukas) “Using the Family Covenant in Planning End-of-Life Care: Obligations and Promises of Patients, Families and Physicians” Journal of the American Geriatric Society, (2003) 51: 1155-58.


“The End Game” Forum for Applied Research and Public Policy, (2000) 15(4): 60-65.


“Spiritual Issues at the End of Life:  A Call for Discussion” Hastings Center Report, (2000) 30 (2): 28-30.

             Reprinted in: Rudolph S., ed. Coping With Death, 2003 (Gale).


“Dying Responsibly—A Response to Callahan, Churchill, and Cohn & Lynn” In Hardwig, J. 2000, Is There a Duty to Die?  (Routledge).


(with Tom Townsend, M.D.) “Notes From an Outpost: Questions for Bioethics from a Rural Community”  Unpublished paper.


“Is There a Duty to Die?” Hastings Center Report (1997) 27(2): 34-42.

             [NOTE: Biomedical Ethics Reviews (1999) Vol. 17 is devoted entirely to discussion of this article.]

                          Reprinted in: Arras J. & Steinbock B., eds., 1998 Ethical Issues in Modern Medicine, 5thed. (Mayfield).

Reprinted in: Boss, J. A., ed., 1998 Moral Problems Anthology (Mayfield).

Reprinted in: Kuhse H. & Singer, P. eds., Bioethics: An Anthology, 1999  (Blackwell).

Reprinted in: Hunter, K., ed.,1999 Perspectives: Death and Dying (Crosswise Publishing).

Reprinted in: Boss, J. A., ed., 1999 Analyzing Moral Issues (Mayfield).

Reprinted in: Hinman, L., ed., 2000 Contemporary Moral Issues, 2nd ed.  (Mayfield).

                          Reprinted in:  Wang, R.,ed., 2001 Reason & Insight: Western and Eastern Perspectives on the Pursuit of                                        Moral Wisdom (Wadsworth).

Reprinted in: Steinbock B., Arras J. and London A.J., eds., 2003 Ethical Issues in Modern Medicine 6th                           ed. (McGraw-Hill).

                          Reprinted in: Reynolds, ed., Ethical Issues, 2004 & 2006 (Wadsworth).

                          Reprinted in:  Boss, ed., 2004 Analyzing Moral Issues, 3rd edition, (McGraw-Hill).

                          Reprinted in: 2005 At Issue:  How Should One Cope With Death?  (Gale).

                          Reprinted in White J.B., ed., 2006 Contemporary Moral Problems (Thomson-Wadsworth).

Reprinted in:  Vaughn L., ed., 2007 & 2009 Doing Ethics; Moral Reasoning and Contemporary

             Issues,  (W.W. Norton). 

Reprinted in:  Parks J. & Wilke V., eds., 2010 Bioethics for a Changing World, (Prentice-Hall).

Reprinted in:  Fisher, J., ed., 2009 Biomedical Ethics: a Canadian Focus (Oxford University Press).


“Autobiography, Biography and Narrative Ethics” in Nelson H., ed., 1997 Stories and Their Limits: Narrative Approaches to Bioethics (Routledge).


”Dying at the Right Time—Reflections on Assisted and Unassisted Suicide” in LaFollette, H., ed., 1997 Ethics in Practice (Blackwell).

             Reprinted in: 2nd Edition, 2002 & 3rd Edition, 2006.


             “Elder Abuse, Context, and Ethics” in Cebik, L.B., Edwards R.B. et al., eds., 1996 Violence, Neglect, and the Elderly (JAI Press).

Reprinted in:  Parks J. & Wilke V., eds., 2010 Bioethics for a Changing World, (Prentice-Hall).


“Privacy, Self-Knowledge, and the Commune; Toward an Epistemology of the Family,” in Nelson, H., ed., 1996 Feminist Reflections on the Family (Routledge).


“SUPPORT and the Invisible Family,” Special Supplement, Hastings Center Report (1995) 25(6): S23-S25.


“Toward an Ethics of Expertise,” in Wueste, D., ed., 1994 Professional. Ethics and Social Responsibility (Rowman & Littlefield).


“The Problem of Proxies With Interests of Their Own,” Utah Law Review, (1992): 803-818.

Reprinted in Journal of Clinical Ethics, (1993) 4: 20-27.

Reprinted with additions as “Justice in the Family,” in Hackler, C., ed., 1994 Health Care for an Aging Population (SUNY).

Reprinted in Arras, J. & Steinbock, B., EDS., 1995, 1997, 2000 Ethical Issues in Modern Medicine, (Mayfield).

Reprinted in Mappes, T. & DeGrazia, EDS., 2000 Biomedical Ethics, 5th ed.


Reprinted in Battin M., Francis L., and Landesman B., eds., 2005 Death, Dying and The End of Life                             (Ashgate).


“The Role of Trust in Knowledge,” The Journal of Philosophy (1991) 88: 693-708.

             Reprinted in Wray, K. Brad, ed., 2004 Knowledge and Inquiry (Bradford).


“Treating the Brain Dead for the Benefit of the Family,” Journal of Clinical Ethics (1991) 2: 53-6.

“What About The Family?--The Role of Family Interests in Medical Decision Making,” Hastings Center Reports (1990) 20(2): 5-10.

Reprinted in Sale, W.F. & Howell, J. H., eds., 1995 Life Choices: A Hastings Center Introduction to Bioethics (Georgetown).

Reprinted in Levine, C., ed., 1997 & 2005 Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Bioethical Issues (Dushkin/McGraw-Hill).

Reprinted in Luna F. & Salles A., eds., 1998 Otras Discusiones sobre Bioetica (Editorial Sudamericana).

Reprinted in Oakley J., ed., 2009 Bioethics (Ashgate).

Reprinted in:  Fisher, J., ed., 2009 Biomedical Ethics: a Canadian Focus (Oxford U. Press).


“ADVANCE Directives and the Physician,” in Hackler C., Moseley R., and Vawter D., eds. 1989 Advance Directives (Praeger).


“Evidence, Testimony, and the Problem of Individualism--- A Reply to Schmitt” Social Epistemology (1988) 2: 309-321.


“In Search of an Ethics of Personal Relationships” in Graham G. & LaFollette H., Person to Person, 1988 (Temple University Press).

Reprinted in Stewart J. ed., Bridges not Walls: A Book about Interpersonal Communication (Washington U. Press, 1997 & McGraw-Hill, 2005).


“Donating Your Health Care Benefits” Hastings Center Reports (1988) 18(2): 8-9.


“Robin Hoods and Good Samaritans—the Role of PATIENTS in Health Care Distribution” Theoretical Medicine (1987) 8: 47-59.


“Epistemic Dependence” The Journal of Philosophy (1985) 82: 335-349.

Reprinted as “Relying on Experts” in Govier T., ed., 1988 Selected Issues in Logic and Communication (Wadsworth).

Reprinted in Goodman, M. & Snyder R., eds., 1992 Contemporary Readings in Epistemology (Prentice-Hall).Reprinted in Crease, R & Selinger E, eds., 2006 The Philosophy of Expertise (Columbia U.


"Should Women Think in Terms of Rights?" Ethics (1984) 94: 441-455.


"Action from Duty But Not in Accord With Duty" Ethics (1983) 93: 283-290.


                          "Sennett's Anarchism" (Participant in author-reviewer symposium on Richard Sennett, The Uses of Disorder)                           Philosophy Forum (1973) 13: 276-282.


                          "The Achievement of Moral Rationality" Philosophy & Rhetoric (1973) 6: 171-185.