Tom Cavanaugh

Thomas Cavanaugh

Professor

Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-6356 Kalmanovitz Hall 163

Biography

Professor Thomas Cavanaugh regularly teaches medical ethics, a medieval honors seminar (Boethius, Dante, and Chaucer), and a first-year seminar entitled What is Wisdom? (for which he received a 2015 NEH grant). His most recent project concerns the Hippocratic Oath, which founds medicine as an exclusively therapeutic practice that especially excludes deliberately injuring patients. Oxford University Press published his book entitled, Hippocrates’ Oath and Asclepius’ Snake: The Birth of the Medical Profession.

Cavanaugh also has a continuing project addressing agency and the moral import of intentions. In 2006, the Clarendon Press of Oxford University published his book entitled Double-Effect Reasoning: Doing Good and Avoiding Evil.

Education
Ph. D., University of Notre Dame
A.B., Thomas Aquinas College
Research
Medical Ethics: Hippocratic Oath, Medical Professionalism, Internal Medical Ethic
Ethics: Double-effect Reasoning, Intention-sensitive ethics, History of Ethics, Thomistic Ethics
Selected Publications

Cavanaugh, T.A. (2017). Hippocrates’ Oath and Asclepius’ Snake: The Birth of the Medical Profession. New York: Oxford University Press.

Cavanaugh, T.A. (2006). Double-Effect Reasoning: Doing Good and Avoiding Evil. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Awards & Distinctions

2015 National Endowment for the Humanities; Enduring Questions National Grant for First-Year Seminar course entitled “What is Wisdom?”

2012/2013 USF Dean’s Scholar Award