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David DeGrazia

David DeGrazia
Nationality American
Education BA (University of Chicago)
MStud (University of Oxford)
PhD (Georgetown University)
Occupation Professor of Philosophy, George Washington University
Notable work Taking Animals Seriously: Mental Life and Moral Status (1996)
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David DeGrazia is an American moral philosopher specializing in National Institutes of Health.[1]



  • Creation Ethics: Reproduction, Genetics, and Quality of Life. Oxford University Press, 2012.
  • Human Identity and Bioethics. Cambridge University Press, 2005.
  • Animal Rights: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press, 2002.
  • with Thomas Mappes and Jeffrey Brand-Ballard (eds.). Biomedical Ethics. McGraw-Hill, 1996.
  • Taking Animals Seriously: Mental Life and Moral Status. Cambridge University Press, 1996.
  • with Thomas Mappes and Jane Zembaty (eds.). Social Ethics: Morality and Social Policy. McGraw-Hill, 1981.

Selected Articles

  • DeGrazia, David. "The Case for Moderate Gun Control." Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 24 (2014): 1-25.
  • DeGrazia, David. "What is Suffering and What Kinds of Beings Can Suffer?" In Ronald Green and Nathan Palpant (eds.), Suffering in Bioethics (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014).
  • DeGrazia, David. "Moral Enhancement, Freedom, and What We (Should) Value in Moral Behavior." Journal of Medical Ethics 39 (2013): 1-8.
  • DeGrazia, David. "Moral Vegetarianism from a Very Broad Basis." Journal of Moral Philosophy 6, no. 2 (2009): 143-165.
  • DeGrazia, David. "Self-Awareness in Animals." In Robert Lurz (ed.), The Philosophy of Animal Minds (Cambridge University Press, 2009): 201-217.
  • DeGrazia, David. "Single Payer Meets Managed Competition: The Case for Public Funding and Private Delivery." Hastings Center Report 38, no. 1 (2008): 23-33.
  • DeGrazia, David. "The Harm of Death, Time-Relative Interests, and Abortion." Philosophical Forum 57 (2007): 57-80.
  • DeGrazia, David. "Moral Status, Human Identity, and Early Embryos: A Critique of the President's Approach." Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 34 (Spring 2006): 49-57.
  • DeGrazia, David. "Prozac, Enhancement, and Self-Creation." Hastings Center Report 30, no. 2 (March-April 2000): 34-40.
  • DeGrazia, David. "Wittgenstein and the Mental Life of Animals", History of Philosophy Quarterly 11, no. 1 (January 1994): 121–137.
  • DeGrazia, David. "Moving Forward in Bioethical Theory: Theories, Cases, and Specified Principlism," Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 17 (1992): 511-39.
  • DeGrazia, David, and Andrew Rowan. "Pain, Suffering, and Anxiety in Animals and Humans." Theoretical Medicine 12 (1991): 193-211.


  1. ^ "David DeGrazia", George Washington University, accessed 3 June 2012.

Further reading

  • Clark, Stephen. by David DeGrazia"Taking Animals Seriously: Mental Life and Moral Status"Review: , The Philosophical Quarterly 49, no. 195 (April 1999): 246–247.
  • Schechtman, Marya. "Human Identity and Bioethics"Review: David DeGrazia, , Ethics 116, no. 2 (January 2006): 406–409.
  • Steinbock, Bonnie. by David DeGrazia.Creation Ethics: Reproduction, Genetics, and Quality of Life"Review: Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, August 21, 2012.
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