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S. Matthew Liao

Arthur Zitrin Professor of Bioethics; Director for The Center for Bioethics; Affiliated Professor of Philosophy; Environmental Studies; Division of Medical Ethics, School of Medicine; and Global Public Health

D. Phil 2001, Oxford University; A.B. 1994, Princeton University.

Office Address: 

41 East 11th Street, Floor 7,
NYU Center for Bioethics,
New York, NY 10003


(212) 998-3672


(212) 995-4055

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Areas of Research/Interest: 

ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, moral psychology, bioethics

S. Matthew Liao holds the Arthur Zitrin Chair in Bioethics and is the Director for The Center for Bioethics at New York University. From 2006 to 2009, he was the Deputy Director and James Martin Senior Research Fellow in the Program on the Ethics of the New Biosciences in the Faculty of Philosophy at Oxford University. He was the Harold T. Shapiro Research Fellow in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University in 2003–2004, and a Greenwall Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins University and a Visiting Researcher at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University from 2004–2006. In May 2007, he founded Ethics Etc, a group blog for discussing contemporary philosophical issues in ethics and related areas. He is interested in a wide range of issues including ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, moral psychology, and bioethics.

Editorial Positions
Editor in Chief, Journal of Moral Philosophy, 2013 –
Editorial Board Member, American Journal of Bioethics, 2009 –
Review Board Member, International Encyclopedia of Ethics, 2010 - 2012

Affiliated with other departments or programs
Affiliate Professor of Philosophy; Environmental Studies; and Division of Medical Ethics, Department of Population Health


Books & Edited Volumes

Selected Articles and Book Chapters

Encyclopedia Entries and Book Reviews

  • 2010. "Contractualism." In Encyclopedia of Political Theory, edited by Mark Bevir. Sage, with Jussi Suikkanen, forthcoming
  • 2010. "Psychopharmacology." In International Encyclopedia of Ethics, edited by Hugh LaFollette. Blackwell, commissioned
  • 2001. T. Scanlon, What We Owe To Each Other (Harvard, 2000), Metapsychology Online

Interviews & Op-Eds


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Updated on 09/02/2016