Participating Faculty

William Kabasenche

William Kabasenche

Department:School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs, WSU
Credentials:2006 - Ph.D., University of Tennessee; Philosophy
Office:Johnson Tower 814
Mailing Address:SPPPA
Washington State University
PO Box 645130
Pullman, WA 99164-5130
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Research Interests

My research is in the area of the ethics of biomedical technologies (both the ethics of research and the implications of the application of such technologies).

Research Summary

I am currently engaged in research exploring the ethics of attempting to enhance moral characteristics using biomedical technologies as well as research looking at the ethical and philosophical issues connected to our emerging understanding of epigenetics.

Research Publications


The Environment: Philosophy, Science, and Ethics (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2012). Co-edited with Michael O’Rourke and Matthew Slater.


Remsberg, Connie, Brenda S. Bray, Susan K. Wright, Joe Ashmore, William Kabasenche, Shuwen Wang, Philip Lazarus, Sayed S. Daoud, “Design, implementation, and assessment approaches with a pharmacogenomics course,” American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education 81.1 (2017) 

“Moral Formation and Moral Enhancement,” American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience 7.2 (2016): 130-131.

“Forming the Self: Nudging and the Ethics of Shaping Autonomy,” American Journal of Bioethics 16.7 (2016): 24-25.

“(The Ethics of) Teaching Science and Ethics: A Collaborative Proposal,” in Samantha L. Elliott, Beth A. Fischer, Frederick Grinnell, and Michael J. Zigmond, eds., Perspectives on Research Integrity (Herndon, VA: ASM Press, 2015), 121-128.* (Note that this is a reprint of an article previously published in The Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education. The article was peer-reviewed for publication in the journal.)

Goldsby, Michael, and William Kabasenche, “Uncertainty, Bias, and Equipoise: A New (Old) Approach to the Ethics of Clinical Research,” Theoretical & Applied Ethics 3:1 (2014): pp. 35-59.

“(The Ethics of) Teaching Science and Ethics: A Collaborative Proposal,” Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education 15:2 (2014): 135-138.

Kabasenche, William and Michael Skinner, “DDT, epigenetic harm, and transgenerational environmental justice,” Environmental Health 13:62 (2014): 1-5. {DOI:10.1186/1476-069X-13-62}

“Engineering for Virtue? Toward Holistic Moral Enhancement,” in John Basl and Ronald Sandler, eds., Designer Biology: The Ethics of Intensively Engineering Biological and Ecological Systems (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2013), pp. 69-86.

“Moral Enhancement Worth Having: Thinking Holistically,” American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience 3.4(2012): 18-20.

“Poets in the Clinic: Recasting ‘Virtue Essentialist’ Arguments About Enhancement in Prototype Form,” American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience 2/2 (2011):44-45.

“What it is: the biology and moral status of parthenotes and embryos.” The American Journal of Bioethics: AJOB 11.3 (2011):29-30.

“Aristotle on Courage and the Moral Development of Virtues and Emotions” Studies in the History of Ethics, Special Symposium on Ethics and Emotions in the History of Philosophy, December 2008.

“Emotions, Memory Suppression, and Identity” American Journal of Bioethics September 2007/7(9): 33-34.

“Performance-Enhancement and the Pursuit of Excellence” Running and Philosophy, Michael W. Austin, editor (Blackwell, 2007).

“The Rebirth of the Human Medicine: A Review of Daniel P. Sulmasy, The Rebirth of the Clinic: An Introduction to Spirituality in Health Care” (A review essay) Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics 35 (March 2007):216-219.

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