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Richard Dees

Associate Professor
Arts, Sciences, and Engineering

Department of Philosophy

Areas of expertise: Medical ethics, public health ethics, social and political philosophy

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Valerie Alhart

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Professor Dee's research falls into three broad categories. His work involves a number of issues surrounding health care ethics. He is particularly interested in the ethical justifications for public health initiatives and especially on newborn screening. In addition, he has ongoing interest in the myriad of ethical issues that arise in organ transplants. Dees also looks at the complex set of ethical issues at the intersection of neuroscience, neurology, and ethics, in particular in the extent to which we think that we should be able to use medicine to modify our brains to improve our memory, our cognition, our moods, and our personality. Secondly, Dees has a continuing interest in the social and conceptual foundations of liberal institutions and practices. He is particularly interested in the philosophical justifications for toleration, the subject of his book Trust and Toleration. Dees also studies the historical foundations of modern politics in the eighteen century, particularly the works of the great Scottish philosopher David Hume in the works of the American Founders.