Positions

Overview

  • Gregory Pence studied applied ethics with famous ethicist Peter Singer at NYU and helped found the new field of bioethics. For 34 years he taught a required, graded course to 200 medical students at UAB. Between 1984-1985 he chaired the Board of Directors at Birmingham AIDS Outreach, and from 1985 to 1995 the UAB Speakers Committee.

    He is known in bioethics for his best-selling Medical Ethics textbook, now in its 27th year and eighth edition, and his defense of humane biotechnology, such as cloning and genetically modified crops. In 2000 he testified against bills to criminalize cloning before Congress and before the California Senate. He then defended cloning on national television on the CBS Morning Show, Talk Back with Gretta Van Susteren, and CNN News with Wolf Blitzer. He has published over seventy op-ed essays including ones in Newsweek, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chronicle of Higher Education, and Wall Street Journal.

    He previously coached the UAB Ethics Bowl Team, which won the national championship in 2010, and still coaches the UAB Bioethics Bowl Team, which won national championships in 2011 and 2015. At UAB, he has won both the Ingalls and President's Teaching Awards. He Chairs the Philosophy Department and directs UAB the Early Medical School Acceptance Program. For fun, he runs 5K races, gardens, researches his ancestors, and tries to learn German. He has given over ten endowed lectures in bioethics at universities across America and in Brazil, Switzerland, China, Norway, Israel, and England. Two of his students have won Rhodes Scholarships, one a Marshall Scholarship, several made USA Today’s All-America Academic Team, and three have won Fulbright Scholarships. Over 50 of his students have been awarded scholarships to medical school, and six have entered Harvard Medical School.

    See Gregory Pence's interview with the New York Times: Retro Report on Cloning. (http://www.nytimes.com/video/us/100000002496111/dolly-the-sheep.html)

    Listen to his interview on NPR about how the television show Orphan Black reflects and challenges dominant ideas in the debate on human cloning. (http://www.wnyc.org/story/clone-debates/)
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2019 Should I want to live to 100?Bioethics.  33:820-826. 2019
    2001 Medical ethics is whatever you say it is.Newsletter on philosophy and medicine / American Philosophical Association.  1:164-165. 2001
    1999 The bioethicist and the media.Princeton journal of bioethics.  2:47-52. 1999
    1998 Human cloning [5] (multiple letters)New England Journal of Medicine.  339:1558-1559. 1998
    1998 Medicine, the media, and bioethicsJournal of women's health / the official publication of the Society for the Advancement of Women's Health Research.  7:1217-1223. 1998
    1995 Dr. Kevorkian and the struggle for physician-assisted dying.Bioethics.  9:62-71. 1995
    1993 Clinical ethics and the family physician.Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.  6:80-82. 1993
    1992 Ethics and AIDS.Newsletter on philosophy and medicine / American Philosophical Association.  91:76-78. 1992
    1988 A piece of my mind. On the road.Journal of the American Medical Association.  260:1946. 1988
    1988 On the RoadJournal of the American Medical Association.  260:1946. 1988
    1988 Do not go slowly into that dark night: Mercy killing in HollandAmerican Journal of Medicine.  84:139-141. 1988
    1988 Do not go slowly into that dark night: mercy killing in Holland.American Journal of Medicine.  84:139-141. 1988
    1987 The Case for the Use of Animals in Biomedical ResearchNew England Journal of Medicine.  316:551-553. 1987
    1983 Can compassion be taught?Journal of Medical Ethics.  9:189-191. 1983
    1981 Can Hume Answer Cromwell?Canadian Journal of Philosophy.  11:505-523. 1981
    1980 Children's dissent to research--a minor matter?Irb.  2:1-4. 1980
    1977 Between cold logic and naive compassion--on allowing defective babies to die.Bioethics digest.  2:1-7. 1977
    1977 Fair Contracts and Beautiful IntuitionsCanadian Journal of Philosophy.  7:137-152. 1977

    Chapter

    Year Title Altmetric
    2010 Cloning.  193-203. 2010

    Research Overview

  • Bioethics, especially Cloning and Assisted Reproduction; emerging issues in Bioethics, such as Neuroethics, Enhancement, Ebola, and the Affordable Care Act
  • Teaching Activities

  • PHL115 - Contemporary Moral Issues (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • PHL216 - Intermediate Bioethics (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • PHL499 - Directed Studies - RES (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • PHL115 - Contemporary Moral Issues (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • PHL216 - Intermediate Bioethics (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • PHL498 - Philosophy Internship (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • PHL290 - Topics in Philosophy (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • PHL490 - Philosophy Seminar (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • PHL498 - Philosophy Internship (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • PHL216 - Intermediate Bioethics (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PHL499 - Directed Studies - RES (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PHL398 - Topics in Philosophy (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • PHL115 - Contemporary Moral Issues (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • PHL499 - Directed Studies - RES (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • PHL499 - Directed Studies - RES (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • PHL292 - Topics in Philosophy (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • PHL499 - Directed Studies - RES (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • PHL115 - Contemporary Moral Issues (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • PHL499 - Directed Studies - RES (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • PHL390 - Topics in Philosophy (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • PHL115 - Contemporary Moral Issues (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • PHL492 - Philosophy Seminar (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • PHL116 - Bioethics (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • PHL499 - Directed Studies - RES (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • PHL290 - Topics in Philosophy (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • PHL499 - Directed Studies - RES (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • PHL116 - Bioethics (Fall Term 2012) 2012
  • PHL291 - Topics in Philosophy (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • PHL492 - Philosophy Seminar (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • PHL115 - Contemporary Moral Issues (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • PHL491 - Philosophy Seminar (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • PHL100 - Intro to Philosophy (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • PHL291 - Topics in Philosophy (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • PHL492 - Philosophy Seminar (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • PHL120 - Practical Reasoning (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • PHL499 - Directed Studies - RES (Summer Term 2010) 2010
  • PHL290 - Topics in Philosophy (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • PHL499 - Directed Studies - RES (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • PHL115 - Contemporary Moral Issues (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • PHL499 - Directed Studies - RES (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • PHL290 - Topics in Philosophy (Spring Term 2009) 2009
  • PHL499 - Directed Studies - RES (Spring Term 2009) 2009
  • 10-464 - THE ETHICS OF AIDS (Spring Term 2009) 2009
  • PHL116 - Bioethics (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • PHL499 - Directed Studies (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • PHL499 - Directed Studies (Summer Term 2008) 2008
  • PHL290 - Topics in Philosophy (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • PHL499 - Directed Studies (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • 10-464 - The Ethics of AIDS (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • PHL116 - Bioethics (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • PHL499 - Directed Studies (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy, New York University 1974
  • Full Name

  • Gregory Pence