Dr. Patrick Lee | Franciscan University of Steubenville
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    Dr. Patrick Lee

    Professor of Philosophy, Director of the Center for Bioethics, John N. and Jamie D. McAleer Professor of Bioethics

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    Patrick Lee is a professor of philosophy and holds the John N. and Jamie D. McAleer Chair in Bioethics. He is also the director of the Center for Bioethics at Franciscan University of Steubenville. In this capacity he defends and articulates the Church’s position on a wide range of human life issues through his writings, debates, and public speaking engagements.

    He received a B.A. from the University of Dallas, an M.A. from Niagara University, and a Ph.D. from Marquette University. He taught for eleven years at the University of St. Thomas in Houston before coming to Franciscan University in 1992.

    He is a member of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, and Society of Christian Philosophers. In 2005 Prof. Lee gave the annual John Heiser lecture at Niagara University entitled "Embryo-Killing and Stem Cell Research.” He is also the recipient of the Cardinal Wright Award for Excellence in Catholic Scholarship in Integrating Faith and Reason. He is the author of three books: Conjugal Union, What Marriage is and Why it Matters (co-authored with Robert P. George), Abortion and Unborn Human Life, and Body-Self Dualism and Contemporary Ethics and Politics (co-authored with Robert George).

    Select Publications & Accomplishments

    • Embryonic Human Beings 
      “Embryonic Human Beings,” The Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy 22 (2006), 424-438.

    • Embryonic Stem Cell Research
      April 22, 2008, “Embryonic Stem Cell Research,” University of Wisconsin at Wausau, Wausau, Wisconsin.

    • Evil as Such is a Privation 
      “Evil as Such is a Privation,” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly (2007).

    • Germain Grisez's Christian Humanism 
      "Germain Grisez’s Christian Humanism," American Journal of Jurisprudence 46 (2002), 137-152.

    • Human Embryos are Subjects of Rights 
      March 27, 2008, lecture: “Human Embryos are Subjects of Rights,” Lecture at Inception for Chair in Bioethics, at Bioethics Conference, Franciscan University

    • Human Nature and Moral Goodness 
      “Human Nature and Moral Goodness,” in Mark Cherry, ed., The Normativity of the Natural (New York: Springer, 2009), 45-54.

    • Human Person as Body and Soul 
      August 14, 2008 “The Human Person as Body and Soul,” Conference for Christian Students, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

    • Interrogational Torture 
      “Interrogational Torture,” American Journal of Jurisprudence 51 (2006), 131-147.

    • Is it Morally Right to End Early Human Life? 
      May 2, 2008, “Is it Morally Right to End Early Human Life?” panel discussion with Jeff McMahan, Don Marquis, and Peter Singer, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey.

    • Knowledge and Faith in Thomas Aquinas, in Faith and Philosophy 
      Review: John I. Jenkins, Knowledge and Faith in Thomas Aquinas, in Faith and Philosophy 18 (2001), 127-131.
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