Philosophy
Raymond L Dennehy

Raymond L Dennehy

Professor

Raymond Dennehy was born in San Francisco in 1934. While serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the heavy cruiser, USS Rochester (CA 124) as a radarman, principally in the South China Sea, from 1954-58, he decided on a university education and while at the university decided on graduate studies in philosophy. Among his teachers were Karl Popper, Anton Pegis, C.B. MacPherson, and Edward Synan. His areas of teaching and research interest are metaphysics, epistemology, and social ethics. Dennehy is frequently called upon to address contemporary ethical issues by universities and the media.He is married to Maryann Dennehy and has four children and eleven grandchildren.

Education

B.A. (Philosophy), University of San Francisco, 1962
M.A. (Philosophy), University of California, Berkeley, 1964
Ph.D. (Philosophy), University of Toronto, 1973

Administrative Appointments

Assistant to the Director of Evening College, 1974-79

Research Areas

Metaphysics, epistemology, social ethics, bioethics

Courses Offered
  • Problems in Democracy
  • Epistemology
  • Modern Philosophy
Publications
Books:

SOLDIER BOY: the War Between Michael and Lucifer (Victoria, B.C.:Trafford Publishing, 2007)

Anti-Abortionist at Large: How to Argue Intelligently about Abortion and Live to Tell About It. ( Victoria, B.C.:Trafford Publishing, 2002)

Reason and Dignity (Washington, DC: University Press of America, 1981)

Christian Married Love, edited and with an introduction by Raymond Dennehy (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1981)

Political Liberty. An inquiry into the nature of political liberty within the context of the debate between negative and positive liberty. Unpublished monograph.

An Introduction to Metaphysics. Unpublished manuscript for classroom use.

The Subject As the Metaphysical Ground of Maritain's Personalism.  Doctoral dissertation, University of Toronto, 1973.

Articles:
"How Maritain May Have Bridged the Gap Between Metaphysics and Activism" in Notes et documents: Institut International Jacques Maritain
Vol 20 May -- August, 2011; rpt. in slightly amplified form in Distinctions of Being: Philosophical Approaches to Reality, Nikolaj Zunic (ed.) )(Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2012)

Foreword to Jacques Maritain, CHRISTIANITY AND DEMOCRACY and THE RIGHTS OF MAN AND THE NATURAL LAW (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2011, 1996), pp. vii -- xiii


"The Right (and Wrong) Way to Ration Health Care," OSV Newsweekly, August 9, 2009; rpt. as "Health Care Rationing Should Not Be Justified by Unethical Beliefs" in Medical Ethics, Noel Merino ed. (Detroit: Greenhaven Press,2010)

"Philosophy of Religion" in The New Catholic Encyclopedia (2009)

"Proofs for the Existence of God" in the New Catholic Encyclopedia (2009)

"Abortion and Ideology" in The Human Person and a Culture of Freedom, Edited by Peter A. Pegan Aguiar & Terese Auer, O.P. (Washington D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2009); rpt. in Anthology of Papers of the Catholic Academy of Sciences in the USA, L.T. Grady (ed.) 2010

Lecture edited by Raymond Dennehy and Anthony O. Simon:  "Personality and Opinion" by Yves R. Simon Logos, Spring 2009,  pp. 80-93

"The Illusion of a Freedom Separated from Moral virtue" in THE JOURNAL OF INTERDISICPLINARY STUDIES, XIX No.1/2 2007, 19-39. Oleg Zinam Award for Best Essay in JIS for 2007

"Contraception and Homosexuality" in CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION FOR NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING NEWSLETTER, Summer, 2007.

"Liberal Democracy As a Culture of Death: Why John Paul II Was Right" TELOS No. 134 (March, 2006)

"Advice For Thomists," The Maritain Notebook (American Maritain Association Newsletter), Volume 13, Issue 1, Spring, 2005; Reprinted in Insight, "Peanuts and Thomists," http://www.ignatiusinsight.com/features2005/dennehy_thomists_june05.asp, June 2005.

"Cutting Through Anti-Life Rhetoric," CELEBRATE LIFE ,May-June, 2004

"Can Jacques Maritain Save Liberal Democracy from Itself?" in Truth Matters: Essays in Honor of Jacques Maritain, edited by John G. Trapani, Jr. (Washington D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2004)

"Physician-Assisted Suicide and Democracy" in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, Vol. XV, No. 1/2 (September, 2003)

"The Loss of the Knowing Subject in Contemporary Epistemology," in Maritain and the Many Ways of Knowing, ed. by Douglas A. Ollivant (Washington D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, (2002)

"Maritain's Reply to Gilson's Rejection of Critical Realism," A Thomistic Tapestry: Essays in Memory of Étienne Gilson a volume in honor of Armand Maurer, ed. by Peter Redpath, (New York, Value Inquiry Book Series, 2002) pp. 57-80

"Ethical Challenges in the Next Millennium: Can the Church Stop the Drift Toward the 'Culture of Death' "? Catholic San Francisco, Feb. 8, 1999, 15 & 21

"Don't Let Them Clone Einstein!" San Francisco Foghorn (University of San Francisco campus paper)


"Peter Singer's 'The Moral Status of the Embryo'" National Catholic Register, April 25-May1, 1999

"Advice for Thomists," Maritain Newsletter, Spring, 1999

"Yves R. Simon's Metaphysics of Action," Acquaintance with the Absolute, ed. by Anthony O. Simon (New York: Fordham University Press, 1998), 19-56

"Confessions of an Aging Anti-Abortionist," Crisis Magazine, Jan. 1998, 20-21

"Maritain's Realistic Defense of the Importance of the Philosophy of Nature to Metaphysics," 107-129 in THOMISTIC PAPERS VI, Edited by John F.X. Knasas (Houston, TX: Center for Thomistic Studies, University of St.Thomas, 1994)

"Bodenheimer's Empirical Theory of Natural Law," Vera Lex XIV, nos. 1& 2 (1994), 18-21

"Always the Metaphysician: Maritain's Ontology of Anti-Racism , Jacques Maritain and the Jews, Robert Royal (ed.) (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1994), 36-50

"Bodenheimer's Theory of Natural Law: The Conflict of a Divided Intellectual Allegiance," University of California (Davis) Law Review 26, #3 (1993), 619-52

"The Philosophical Catbird Seat: A Defense of Maritain's Philosophia Perennis," The Future of Thomism, Deal Hudson (ed.) (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1992), 65-76

"Being Is Better than Freedom" in Freedom in the Modern World, ed. by Michael D. Torre (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1989), pp. 253-262.

"Unreal Realism," The Thomist 55, 4 (1991), 631-55

"Rescuing the Natural Law from the Rationalists" in Vera Lex, Vol. X, No. 1, 1990, 14-16

"The Elimination of God in the Contemporary World," Creative Love; the Ethics of Human Reproduction, edited by John Boyle (Front Royal, VA: Christendom Press, 1989).

"Maritain's Intellectual Existentialism: An Introduction to His Metaphysics and Epistemology" in Understanding Maritain, edited by D. Hudson and W. Mancini (Atlanta: Mercer University Press, 1987).

"The Universality of the Analogy of Being in Contemporary Metaphysics," in Existential Personalism, Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, Vol. 60, 1986, pp. 65-76.

Introduction to G.K. Chesterton's St. Thomas Aquinas in C.K. Chesterton: Collected Works (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1986), Vol. II.

"The Biological Revolution and the Myth of Prometheus," Pope John Paul II Lecture Series in Bioethics, edited by F. Lescoe and D. Liptak (New Britain, CT: Mariel Publications, 1986), Vol. II, pp. 7-34.

"The Ontological Basis of Certitude," The Thomist, Vol. 50, No. 1, January 1986, pp. 120-150.

"Philosophy and Society" in Philosophy, Psychology and Spirituality, edited by James W. Kidd (San Francisco: Golden Phoenix Press, 1984), pp. 77-87.

"Understanding Maritain: His Epistemological  Doctrine of Judgment and His Metaphysical Doctrine of the Subject," Notes et Documents, Institut International J. Maritain numero 7, juillet-septembre, 1984, pp. 123-43

"Sex, Survival and Culture," The Linacre Quarterly, Vol. 50, No. 3, August 1983, pp. 262-271. (Reprinted in International Review of Natural Family Planning, Vol. 7, No. 1, Spring 1984, pp. 44-56.)

"Liberal Education, Vocationalism, and Democracy," Thought, Vol. 57, No. 225 (June 1982), pp. 182-195.

"Reply to Mr. Schedler on Human Rights," The New Scholasticism, Vol. 55, Autumn 1981, pp. 488-494.

"The Social Encyclicals: What Has Heaven to Do with Earth?," Faith and Reason, Vol. 8, No. 3, Fall 1982, pp. 232-245.

"The Rosary and Human Progress," Intermountain Catholic, May 1, 1981, p. 11+

"Laborem Exercens: John Paul II's Answer to Secular Humanism," The Migrant Echo, Fall 1981, pp. 488-494.

"The Pessimistic Origins of the Anti-Life Movement," Studies, Spring 1981, pp. 8-15.

"The Mission of the Catholic University," New Oxford Review, September 1980.

"The Philosophy of Human Experimentation," The New Scholasticism, Vol. 52 (1978), pp. 80-90.

"The Ontological Basis of Human Rights," The Thomist, No. 42 (1978), pp. 434-463.

"The Threat Posed by the Decline of Liberal Arts Education," San Francisco Examiner, Wednesday, June 9, 1976, p. 35 (guest editorial).

"Death and Dying: A Symposium." Papers edited and with an introduction by Raymond Dennehy and Francis Filice, The Camillian, February, 1975

"Maritain's Theory of Subsistence: The Basis of His 'Existentialism,' " The Thomist, No. 39 (1975), 542-574.

"A Tribute to Jacques Maritain: Philosophical Activist," Social Justice Review, October 1973.

"The Social Encyclicals and the 'Population Bomb,' " Social Justice Review, October 1972.

"Love and Procreation," THE SANTA CLARA (University of Santa Clara campus paper), Friday, January 23, 1970

Book Reviews:
Reason Fulfilled by Revelation: the 1930s Debate in France, edited by Gregory Sadler (Washington, D.C. : The Catholic University of America Press, 2011) in the International Philosophical Quarterly, December, 2013

"Truth" is a Divine Name: Hitherto Unpublished Papers of Edward A. Synan, 1918-1997.  Introduction and Edition by Janice Schultz-Aldrich (Amsterdam-New York, 2010: Value Inquiry Book Series, Vol. 222) in Revue of Metaphysics September, 2011


Bernard Schumacher, Death and Immortality in Contemporary Philosophy (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2011) in Revue of Metaphysics Vol. 64, Number 4 -- 2011

Brendan Sweetman, Religion and Science: an Introduction (New York & London: Continuum Books, 2010) Amazon Book Review

Michael B. Gill, The British Moralists on Human Nature and the Birth of Secular Ethics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006) Heythrop Journal (forthcoming)


James R. Otteson, Actual Ethics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006), Heythrop Journal (forthcoming)

Paul Schollmeier, Human Goodness: Pragmatic Variations on Platonic Themes (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), Heythrop Journal Vol. 51 #2

Evolutionary Ethics and Contemporary Biology, ed. by Giovanni Boniolo & Gabriele de Anna (Cambridge University Press: New York, 2006) Heythrop Journal, 8 August 2012

Hans-Georg Moeller, The Moral Fool: A Case for Immorality (New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 2009) in the International Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 50, No. 2, June, 2010 

Curle, Clinton Timothy, Humanite: John Humphrey's Alternative Account of Human Rights (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007), Review of Metaphysics, March 2009, Vol. LXII, 3, #247

Brendan Sweetman, Why Politics Needs Religion: the Place of Religious Arguments in the Public Square (Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Academic, 2006), National Catholic Bioethics Center, Winter 2009, Vol 9, #4

The Malebranche Moment: Selections from the Letters of Étienne Gilson & Henri Gouhier (1920-1936), Tr. & edited by Richard J. Fafara (Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Marquette University Press, 2007), Heythrop Journal, Vol. 50, No.2

George Sher, IN PRAISE OF BLAME (Oxford University Press, 2006) INTERNATIONAL PHILOSOPHICAL QUARTERLY, Vol. XLV11, No. 1, issue No. 185, 125-28

DOES HUMAN RIGHTS NEED GOD? Elizabeth M. Bucar & Barbara Barnett (Eds.), PHILOSOPHI CHRISTI vol. 9, no.1 (2007), 235-240

Erik J. Wielenberg, VALUE AND VIRTUE IN A GODLESS UNIVERSE (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005) INTERNATIONAL PHILOSOPHICAL QUARTERLY March 2006, Vol.46, No.1.

Howard P. Kainz, Natural Law: an introduction and re-examination, The Review of Metaphysics, vol. LIX no.2 (December 2005) 434-435

Jude P. Dougherty, Jacques Maritain: An Intellectual Profile, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, April 2005

The Four Cardinal Virtues: Philip the Chancellor, Albert the Great, and Thomas Aquinas, Tr. by R.E. Hauser (Toronto, Ontario: Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, 2004) The Review of Metaphysics, Vol. LVIII, No. 3, Issue 231,

James V. Schall, S.J., Roman Catholic Political Philosophy (Lanham, Md.: Lexington Press, 2004) Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly, (Winter, 2004) Vol. 27, Number 4, Winter 2004

Yves R. Simon, A Critique of Moral Knowledge, Catholic Social Science Review Vol. IX 2004

Christine Swanton, Virtue Ethics: a pluralistic view, International Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 44, No. 4, Issue No. 176, December 2004

Francis Fukuyama, Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of The Biotechnology Revolution, Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, Vol XVI no. 1/2 2004

Candace Vogler, Reasonably Vicious, International Philosophical Quarterly, Vol.44, No. 2, June 2004

Faith and the Life of Intellect. Edited by Curtis L. Hancock and Brendan Sweetman. (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2003) American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 77, Fall 2003, #4

Richard Joyce, The Myth of Morals, International Philosophical Quarterly vol. 43, no. 2, June 2003

Brendan Sweetman (ed.), The Failue of Modernism: The Cartesian Legacy & Contemporary Pluralism American Catholic Philosophical Association Journal, vol. 75, no. 4, Fall 2001

Brenda Almond, Exploring Ethics, International Philosophical Quarterly, Spring 1998

John Searle, The Construction of Social Reality (New York, NY: The Free Press, 1995) Crisis Magazine, May 1996

James Arraj, Metaphysics and Maritain, ACPA Journal, Spring 1996

Jacques Maritain, The Degrees of Knowledge (MacInerny edition), Maritain Newsletter, November, 1995

Yves Simon, Introduction to the Metaphysics of Knowledge, The Thomist 56 #1 (1992)

George Weigel The Final Revolution (New York: Oxford University Press, Inc., 1992) Albanian Catholic Bulletin, April Issue, 1993

Peter Kreeft, A Summa of the Summa Homiletic and Pastoral Review, May 1992

Stanley Jaki, Science and Creation & The Only Chaos, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, July 1992

Jacques Maritain, Introduction to Philosophy, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, June 1990

Deal W. Hudson & Matthew J. Mansini (eds.) Understanding Maritain: Philosopher and Friend, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, Aug.-Sept. 1989

Ernan McMullin (ed.) Evolution and Creation, The Thomist 52 #3 (1988)

James V. Schall, The Politics of Heaven and Hell, The World & I, Vol. I #1, 1985

Jacques Maritain, Notebooks, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, July 1985

M.A. Krapiec, I-Man: An Outline of Philosophical Anthropology, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, Nov. 1984

Robert Newton-Smith, The Rationality of Science, The Thomist 48 #3 (1984)

Charles Curran, Moral Theology, National Catholic Reporter 19 #17 (Feb. 18, 1983)

Yves R. Simon, Work, Society,and Culture, Notes et Documents, Institut International "J. Maritain," #14, Jan-Mar. 1979

Invited Presentations:

"Abortion and the End of Democracy" -- Debate with Malcolm Potts at the University of California, Berkeley, Wheeler Auditorium, Sept. 26, 2011 (47th consecutive semester debating the topic of abortion in that class, Public Health 116)

"Five Ways that Abortion Threatens Liberal Democracy ("...Devalues the Person")

Public Lecture at Bodwin College, April 28, 2007

"Arguments Against Abortion,"  La Croix Lecture Series, Rockhurst University, Spring 2004

"The Culture of Death and the Treachery of the Elites," United Faculty for Life Lecture Series, Marquette University, November, 17, 2004

Delivered 4 public lectures on moral virtue at Stanford University during the month of Oct,1994 sponsored by The Stanford Review and "Students United for Life."

Oct.4: "Moral Virtue in a Pluralistic Society"
Oct.11: "Chastity: The Much Misunderstood Virtue"
Oct.18: "Moral Virtue and the Natural Law"
Oct.25: "Personal Virtue and Public Policy: Does the Private Morality of Our Public Leaders Matter?"

"The Return of the Vampire: Count Dracula's Horrible Misdeeds with the Unborn for Fetal Tissue Transplants," Al Gelinas Memorial Lecture, St. Mary's College (Moraga, CA), April 1991

"The Biological Revolution and the Myth of Prometheus," John Paul II Lecture Series in Bioethics, Holy Apostles College and Seminary, Spring 1985

"The Biological Revolution and the Myth of Prometheus," James L. Hagerty Lecture, St. Mary's College (Moraga, CA), May 14, 1985

"Maritain and the Responsibilitiy of the Philosopher in Society," Cardinal Newman College, St. Louis, MO, March 24, 1984; "Maritain the the Relationship Between Philosophy and Theology," Cardinal Newman College, March 25, 1984

"Understanding Maritain"  Honoring the 100th year of the Birth of Jacques Maritain, Gannon University, October 29, 1981

"Confessions of a Middle Age Philosopher: Or Life Inside the Existential Vice,"  Insight Lecture Series, Mercer University, October 12, 1981

Appearance before the subcommittee of the U.S. Department of Health and Welfare regarding federal funding for fetal tissue transplants and laboratory reproduction; Federal Building, San Francisco, 1978

"The Mission of the Catholic University in Contemporary Society," The Inaugural Address for the St. Ignatius Institute, University of San Francisco, November 11, 1976

Presentations:

Respondent to Alasdair MacIntyre's presentation, "Yves R.Simon: Thomist and Sans-Culotte" University of Chicago, Oct. 11, 2000

"The Church and Homosexuality," public debate with Father David Rickey, an "openly gay" Episcopal Priest, University of San Francisco, April 10, 2000

Abortion debate at University of California, Berkeley, before a class of 700 students, March 20, 2000; this was my 24th semester debating abortion before that class.

"The Loss of the Knowing Subject in Contemporary Epistemology," 1999 International Meeting of the American Maritain Association:"Maritain, Gilson, and The Many Ways of Knowing," (Oct.21-24,1999) Berkeley,CA, Oct.23,1999

"The Ugly, the Foul, the Disgusting, the Nasty, the Filthy, the Gluey, the Viscous, and the Nauseous," American Maritain Association International Conference, Newton, Massachusetts, Oct.24, 1997

"Was Thomas Aquinas a Naïve Realist?" 32nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, University of Western Michigan, May 1997

"Is the Medieval Doctrine of the Primacy of the Common Good Utilitarian?," 31st International Congress on Medieval Studies, University of Western Michigan, May 10, 1996

"Epistemology: Its Practical Importance for Seminary Education," American Catholic Philosophical Association Convention, Redondo Beach, CA, April, 1996

"Physician-Assisted Suicide: A Democratic Incident," Fleishhacker Lecture in Philosophy, University of San Francisco, April 7, 1995

Liberty Fund Conference on "Liberty, Punishment, and Responsibility" Ritz Carlton, Huntington Hotel, Pasadena, CA, Nov.4-6, 1995

"Moral Absolutes in a Democracy"; one in a series of invited lectures on Pope John Paul II's encyclical, The Gospel of Life, St. Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco, Nov. 8, 1995

"The Epistemology of Democracy," American Maritain National Conference at New York University, Nov.11, 1995

"Reflections of an Anti-Abortionist," keynote address at the Northern California Collegiate Student Prolife Conference, Stanford University,Feb. 26, 1994

Delivered 4 public lectures on moral virtue at Stanford University during the month of Oct,1994 sponsored by The Stanford Review and "Students United for Life."

Oct.4: "Moral Virtue in a Pluralistic Society"
Oct.11: "Chastity: The Much Misunderstood Virtue"
Oct.18: "Moral Virtue and the Natural Law"
Oct.25: "Personal Virtue and Public Policy: Does the Private Morality of Our Public Leaders Matter?"

"A Plea for Honesty," Fellowship of Catholic Scholars National Conference, Orange, CA, September 26,1993

The Philosophical Catbird Seat: A Defense of Maritain's Philosophia Perennis," American Maritain National Conference, Fordham University, Oct.25, 1993

"The Return of the Vampire: Count Dracula's Horrible Misdeeds with the Unborn for Fetal Tissue Transplants," Al Gelinas Memorial Lecture, St Mary's College, Moraga, CA, April, 1991

"Is There a Moral Justification for Abortion?," 2nd public debate with Mary Ann Warren, University of San Francisco, March, 1990

"Abortion"; a public debate with Richard Grossball, counsel for the San Francisco ACLU, the University of California, Hastings School of the Law, San Francisco, November, 1999

"Being is Better Than Freedom," American Maritain Association National Conference, University of Notre Dame, Oct. 1988

Liberty Fund Conference on "Freedom in the Writings of Yves R. Simon" at the University of South Carolina, April, 1988

"The Contemporaneity of Maritain's Existence and the Existent," Presidential Address, American Maritain Association, Montreal, Oct. 1987

"Abortion"; a public debate with Margaret Crosby, legal Counsel for the San Francisco ACLU, University of California, Hastings School of the Law, San Francisco, March 1987

"The Universality of the Analogy of Being in Contemporary Metaphysics," American Catholic Philosophical Association Convention, Baltimore, April, 1986

"The Biological Revolution and the Myth of Prometheus," John Paul II Center for Bioethics, Hartford, CT, April 10, 1985

"The Biological Revolution and the Myth of Prometheus," James L. Hagerty Lecture,St. Mary's College, Moraga,CA May14,1985

"The Ontological Basis of Certitude," afternoon presentation to the St. Mary's College Philosophy Dept., May 14, 1985

"Maritain's Theory of Natural Law," Maritain Session, American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, Long Beach, CA March 24, 1884

"Maritain's Respect for Truth and Freedom," Panel Discussion, American Maritain Association National Conference, Princeton University, Oct.28, 1983

"The Changing and the Unchanging in Thomas Aquinas' Natural Law Doctrine," 8th International Conference on Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies, Villinova University, Sept.24, 1983

"Maritain and the Responsibility of the Philosopher in Society" and "Maritain on the Relationship Between Philosophy and Theology," Cardinal Newman College, St. Louis, MO, March 24-25, 1983

"Sex, Survival, and Progress," symposium on sexuality and the family, University of San Francisco, Feb.26, 1983

"Understanding Maritain," symposium honoring 100th year of Jacques Maritain's birth, Gannon University, Erie, PA, Oct. 30, 1981

"Intellect and Will in Society," American Maritain Association Conference on Human Rights, Washington, D.C., May,1978

"Confessions of a Middle-Age Philosopher Or Life Inside the Existential Vise," Insight Lecture Series, Mercer University, Atlanta, GA, Oct.12, 1981

"Abortion: Pro & Con," public debate with Mary Ann Warren, University of San Francisco, November 30, 1979.

"The Mission of the Catholic University in Contemporary Society," Inaugural Address for the St.Ignatius Institute, University of San Francisco, Nov. 11, 1976

Public Appearances:

Many radio and television appearances, as well as talks before community groups, to discuss or debate ethical topics of contemporary interest, such as abortion,physician-assisted suicide, and laboratory reproduction. The following is a partial list.

Bay TV (San Francisco); debated Mike Marshall on the California "Defense of Marriage" ballot measure, January 28, 2000

PBS show "Uncommon Knowledge"; one of a three-member panel discussing the ethical and social aspects of cloning. Jan.21, 2000

Uncommon Knowledge with guest Raymond Dennehy

April 29, 2000 Recorded on April 29, 2000

DON'T IT MAKE MY BROWN EYES BLUE: Ethics of Human Genetic Engineering

with guests Raymond Dennehy; Hank Greely; and Michael J. Werner



"Mosaic" KPIX San Francisco: 60 minute interview explaining the Catholic Church's position on euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, January, 1999

"Sci-Fi Channel"; one of a three-member panel discussing the ethics issues involved in sperm banks, April, 1998

"Sci-Fi Channel," one of three-member panel discussing the ethics of cryonics, April, 1997

Bay TV (San Francisco); 2 successive appearances to discuss ethical aspects of 2 contemporaneous events: (1) had to do with the removal of one-half the brain of a 9 year old boy suffering from Rasmussen's Enncephaly;(2)addressed the issue of moral responsibility regarding Gred Lougainis' revelation that he was HIV positive when he bled into the diving pool, as a result of a head injury, at the Olympics but failed to disclose his condition to the officials.

"Nightcast" KGO TV (San Francisco); one of a three-member panel debating the "French abortion pill, July 1990

"Nightcast" KGO TV (San Francisco); one of four-member panel discussing "Ethics in Public Life," following the Congressman Jim Wright scandal, June, 1989

CNN; interviewed about the Pâgan case in New York City and the rights of parents to select the kind of treatment for their minor children, June, 1989

"People Are Talking" KPIX TV (San Francisco); panelist discussing the ethics of fetal transplants, October, 1988

"Express" KQED(San Francisco);debate with Derek Humphry on the "right to die," December 3, 1986

KGO TV (San Francisco);debate with Bill Press on "Should Contraceptives Be Made Available on High School Campuses?": December 1, 1985

"People Are Talking" KPIX (San Francisco); debate with a one, Mr. Pritchard, and his attorney over his efforts to obtain court permission to remove the feeding tube from Mrs. Pritchard who was in a persistent vegetative state, June, 1985

"You Decide" KPIX TV (San Francisco); "Should the Terminally Ill Be Allowed to Kill Themselves?": debate with Derek Humphery, October 2, 1983

VIACOM 20(Marin County); debate with Margaret Crosby, Legal Counsel for the San Francisco ACLU on the legalization of abortion, June 1981

"What Do You Think?" KGO TV (San Francisco); debate with Derek Humphry, Founder and President of the Hemlock Society, on the legalization of suicide for the terminally ill, June, 1980

"Viewpoint" KGO TV (San Francisco); Panelist discussing sex change operations, May, 1978

Awards and Distinctions

1999 -- Human Life Award: San Francisco United for Life

2003 -- Humanitarian Medal: American Maritain Association
2004 -- St. Luke's Award: San Francisco Guild of the Catholic Medical Association ("Outstanding Contribution to Catholic Medical Ethics and Practice")

2007 -- Oleg Zinam Award: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies (Outstanding Essay in the Journal for 2007) for "The Illusion of Freedom Separated from Moral Virtue"

2013 -- The Rupert and Timothy Smith Award: University Faculty for Life ("Distinguished Contributions to Pro-Life Scholarship")

2013 -- Smith Award for Distinguished Contributions to Pro-Life Scholarship