Kurt Blankschaen

Kurt Blankschaen, PhD (Boston University) is an assistant professor of philosophy at Daemen University, where he also directs the Medical Humanities program. In 2023, he began working with the American Red Cross of Western New York's Pride Alliance Resource Group. Blankschaen primarily works on applied ethical issues in social ontology and how marginalized communities access healthcare resources. He also has a growing research interest in sexual health ethics, especially within the LGBTQ community.

Selected Publications

"Including Transgender Identities in Natural Law" Ergo (forthcoming)

"Are Mass Shooters a Social Kind?" Res Philosophica (2022)

"And If It Takes Lying: The Ethics of Blood Donor Non-Compliance." Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal (2021)

"The Ethics of Ordinary and Exact Justification in Blood Donation Deferral Categories for Men who Have Sex with Men." Bioethics. (2018) 


Kurt Blankschaen.

Kurt Blankschaen

Working Groups

  • Clinical Ethics
  • Ontology of Health and Disease
  • Philosophical Foundations of Bioethics