Working Groups

  • Autonomy, Addiction, and Accountability
    Robert Kelly  leads the Autonomy, Addiction, and Accountability Working Group. Members include  Jim Delaney, Geert Craenen, Jack Freer, Robert Kelly, David Limbaugh, David Hershenov, Steve Kershnar, and, John Keller.
  • Clinical Ethics
    Jack Freer, RCCE Co-Director, leads the Clinical Ethics Working Group. Members include Steven Wear, Harvey Berman, Geert Craenen, James Delaney, Peter Koch, David Limbaugh, Jake Monaghan, Philip Reed, and Yuichi Minemura.
  • Creation and Enhancement
    Rose Hershenov leads the RCCE Working Group on Creation and Enhancement. Members include Steve Kershnar, Debra Kolodczak, Barry Smith, David Hershenov, and Jim Delaney.
  • End of Life Issues
    Phil Reed leads the RCCE Working Group on End of Life Issues. Members include David Hershenov, Catherine Sweeney, Travis Timmerman, Neil Feit, Steve Kershnar, Harvey Berman, Geert Craenen, and Yuichi Minemura.
  • Health, Harm, and Well-Being
    Neil Feit leads the Working Group on Health, Harm, and Well-Being. Members include Jim Delaney, David Hershenov, Steve Kershnar, Debra Kolodczak, Travis Timmerman, and, Adam Taylor.
  • Ontology of Health and Disease
    Barry Smith leads the RCCE Working Group, Ontology of Health and Disease. Members include David Hershenov, John Keller, Adam Taylor, Rose Hershenov, Jim Delaney, Jelena Krgovic, David Limbaugh, and Neil Williams.
  • Philosophical Foundations of Bioethics
    Steve Kershnar leads the Working Group on Philosophical Foundations of Bioethics. Members include Jim Delaney, David Hershenov, John Keller, Phil Reed, Travis Timmerman, Catherine Nolan, Peter Koch, and, Adam Taylor.
  • Research Ethics
    Jack Freer, RCCE Co-Founder, leads the Working Group on Research Ethics. Members include Barry Smith, Harvey Berman, Geert Craenen, Debra Kolodczak, Steve Wear, Rose Hershenov, and Peter Koch.

Romanell Working Groups
Example of annual programming:
Note: Committees generally meet the third Tuesday of each month.

  • June - Ontology of Medicine Reading group. David Hershenov paper choice, Kingma’s “Naturalism about Health and Disease: Adding Nuance for Progress”, and David Limbaugh’s “Harm in the Damage Sense: The Concept of ‘Harm’ in the Concept of Mental Disorder”.
  • July - Romanell Conference keynote papers by Schechtman, Marquis and Lizza on personal identity and our Origins.
  • September - Health, Harm and Well-Being reading group. Jim Delaney paper choice, "Harm and the Boundaries of Disease” by McGivern and Sorial.
  • October - End of Life Issues Reading group. Neil Feit choice “The Time of Death’s Badness” by Jens Johansson.
  • November - Clinical Ethics Reading Group. Harvey Berman paper choic,e tba.
  • December - Creation and Enhancement Reading group. Rose Hershenov paper choice, tba.
  • January - Ontology of Medicine Reading Group. John Keller paper choice, Peter Graham selections from George Graham’s An Introduction to Philosophy of Mind and Mental Illness.
  • February - Autonomy, Addiction and Accountability Reading Group, Rob Kelly paper choice, “Addiction and the Concept of Disorder by Jerry Wakefield.
  • March- Foundations of Bioethics Reading Group. Steve Kershnar paper choice, “Can Consequences be Right Makers”.
  • April - Health, Harm and Well-Being Working group. David Limbaugh paper choice, Stephen M. Campbell's: The Concept of Well-Being.
  • May - Geert Craanen paper choice, Onora O’Neil’s “Autonomy and Trust in Bioethics”.
  • June - End of Life Reading Group: Phil Reed paper choice, Jukka Varelius “ Mental Illness, Natural Death, and non-Voluntary Passive Euthanasia.”
  • July - Keynoter papers in preparation for 2018 Romanell Conference.