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John K. Davis, Ph. D

Professor of Philosophy


2001, Ph.D, University of Washington

1984, J.D., NYU School of Law

Research Areas

Bioethics, Philosophy of Law, Ethical Theory


“Justice, Insurance, and Biomarkers of Aging,” Experimental Gerontology doi:10.1016/j.exger.2010.02.004Opens in new window  (2/12/2010)

“Subjectivity, Judgment, and the Basing Relationship ,” Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 90 (2009) 21-40

"Selecting Potential Children and Unconditional Parental Love", Bioethics (June 2008) 22(5): 258-268

"How to Justify Enforcing a Ulysses Contract When Ulysses is Competent to Refuse", The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, (2008) 33: 356-373

"Intuition and the Junctures of Judgment in Decision Procedures for Clinical Ethics," Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics (2007) 28:1-30

"Precedent Autonomy, Advance directives, and End-of-Life Care" in Bonnie Steinbock, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Bioethics

"Surviving Interests and Living Wills," Public Affairs Quarterly, 20(1) (January 2006)

"Life-Extension and the Malthusian Objection", The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, 30(1) (February 2005)

"Collective Suttee: Is it unjust to develop life-extension if it will not be possible to provide it to everyone?," Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence: Why Genuine Control of Aging May be Foreseeable, Vol. 1019 (June 2004) of the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Aubrey D.N.J. de Grey, ed.  []

"Precedent Autonomy and Subsequent Consent", Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 7(3) (June 2004): 267-291

"Conscientious Refusal and a Doctor's Right to Quit," The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 29 (1) (February 2004)

"Professions, Trades, and the Obligation to Inform," Journal of Applied Philosophy 8, no. 2 (1991)