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brodyBaruch Brody
Professor of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy - MS 14
Rice University
6100 South Main Street
Houston, Texas 77005-1892
(713) 348-4994

Education:  Professor, Ph.D., Princeton University, 1967.  Dr. Brody also serves as the Director of the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine and as the Director of the Ethics Program at the Methodist Hospital.  He was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science in 2001.

Representative Publications:

  • Abortion and the Sanctity of Human Life (MIT, 1975).
  •  Identity and Essence (Princeton, 1980).
  • Life and Death Decision Making (Oxford, 1987).
  • Ethical Issues in Drug Testing Approval and Pricing (Oxford, 1994)
  • The Ethics of biomedical Research (Oxford, 1998) 
  • Taking Issue (Georgetown, 2005)


Current Research:  Dr. Baruch Brody's research interests in Medical Ethics are currently focused on two major issues.  The first is an examination of the ethical issues raised by  intellectual property in biotechnological inventions.  He has published three articles on this topic in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, and two more are due to appear in 2010.  The second is an examination of ethical and methodological issues raised by controlled clinical trials of surgical interventions.  One of his major studies in this area, conducted in collaboration with researchers in the Department of Surgery at the Methodist Hospital, is funded by a major grant from the NIH.  An outline of this study, and the reasons for conducting it, are found in a 2009 article in the Journal of Medical Ethics.

Courses Taught

  • Biomedical Ethics
  • Research Ethics
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • History of Ethics