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Photo of William RuddickWilliam Ruddick
Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Bioethics; Founding Director, Center for Bioethics
Department of Philosophy
5 Washington Place
New York, NY 10003 

Phone: (212) 998-8329

Fax: (212) 995-4179


Ph.D. 1964 Harvard
M.A. 1963 Oxford
A.B. 1953 Princeton

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William Ruddick (Ph.D., Harvard) is Professor of Philosophy, Arthur Zitrin Professor of Bioethics, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, and Director of the NYU Center for Bioethics. He specializes in normative ethics, especially bioethics. Publications include: “‘Biographical lives’ revisited and extended” (J. of Ethics 2005), “Prejudice against ‘unbalanced families’” (Amer. J. of Bioethics 2001), “Hope and Deception” (Bioethics 1999), “Family and Ethics” (Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, ed. E. Craig 1998), “Parenthood: Three concepts and a principle” (Morals, Marriage, & Parenthood, ed. L. Houlgate 1998), “Do doctors undertreat pain?” (Bioethics 1997 ), “Social self-deceptions” (Perspectives on Self-Deception, ed. A.O. Rorty 1988). He has edited Philosophers in Medical Centers (Society for Philosophy & Public Affairs 1980) and (with O. O’Neill), Having Children (Oxford UP 1979). He recently co-authored (with Lori Gruen) “Biomedical and Environmental Ethics Alliance: Common Causes and Grounds” (J. Bioethical Inquiry 2009)—a rationale for the collaboration of the NYU Centers for Bioethics and Environmental Studies and M.A. degree in Bioethics: Life, Heath, and the Environment. He is currently writing a book, tentatively entitled: "Doctors' Wit & Wisdom: Clinical Quips and Maxims."

Online Papers

Recent Courses

  • Life and Death
  • Medical Ethics
  • Topics in Ethics & Political Philosophy
  • Life and Death
  • Reproductive Ethics
  • Clinical Ethics
  • Advanced Introduction to Bioethics

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