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Kenneth Richman, PhD

Professor of Philosophy and Health Care Ethics

Chair, Institutional Review Board

Department: School of Arts and Sciences
Office: Fennell 217

(P) 617.732.2927


School of Arts and Sciences


PhD, Rutgers University
MA, Rutgers University
BA, Haverford College

Research Interests

Responsible conduct of research
Philosophy of medicine
Early modern philosophy


MCPHS Faculty Research Award: Scholarship of Discovery
Who´s Who Among American Teachers, 1996, 2004
MCPHS Faculty Service Award: One-year Service, 2006-2007
Faculty Service Award: One-year Service 2006-2007

Richman, Kenneth A. "Ethics and the Over-use of Anti-microbial Personal Products." In Dayan, Nava and Philip W. Wertz, ed.s. The Innate Immune System of Skin and Oral Mucosa: Properties and Impact in Pharmaceutics, Cosmetics and Personal Care Products. Wiley, forthcoming 2010.

Richman, Kenneth A. "Providing Critical Care to a Big Fish: Re-Telling the Story of Autonomy at End of Life." In Shapshay, Sandra. Bioethics at the Movies. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009, pp. 256-274.

Alexander, Leslie B. and Kenneth A. Richman. "Ethical Dilemmas in Evaluations using Indigenous Research Workers." American Journal of Evaluation, 29 (1) Mar. 2008, pp. 73-85.

Richman, Kenneth A. "Pharmacists and the Social Contract." American Journal of Bioethics 7 (6), June 2007.

Richman, Kenneth A. "Achieving a shared view of treatment goals." Virtual Mentor: American Medical Association Journal of Ethics, June, 2007.

Richman, Kenneth A. "Introduction." Francis Bacon, The Essays: or Counsels Civil and Moral. New York: Barnes & Noble, 2005, pp. ix-xv.

Richman, Kenneth A. "A New Theory of Health: Beneficence and Recommendations for Treatment." Advances in Mind Body Medicine, 21 (2), 2005, pp. 8-18.

Richman, Kenneth A. "Introduction." Humees Dialogues on Natural Religion. New York: Barnes & Noble, 2006, pp. vii-xiv.

Richman, Kenneth A. and Leslie B. Alexander. "Ethics and Research with Undergraduates." Ethics and Education, 1 (2), Oct. 2006, pp. 163-175.

Richman, Kenneth A. Ethics and the Metaphysics of Medicine: Reflections on Health and Beneficence. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2004.

Current Professional Memberships, Service & Leadership

American Philosophical Association
Committee on Philosophy and Medicine of the American Philosophical Association
American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
Boston Academic Bioethicists Roundtable
Hume Society