Participating Faculty

William Kabasenche

William Kabasenche

Department:Philosophy, WSU
Credentials:2006 - Ph.D., University of Tennessee; Philosophy
Office:Bryan Hall 316
Mailing Address:Philosophy
Washington State University
PO Box 645130
Pullman, WA 99164-5130

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.


“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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