Robert Streiffer

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Robert Streiffer's research includes bioethics (both medical and agricultural), ethical theory, metaethics, and political philosophy, with a focus on ethical and policy issues arising from modern biotechnology. He is currently working in two areas. The first is on ethical and policy issues arising from the creation of chimeras, organisms with parts from different species, through the xenotransplantation of human stem cells into animals that are in the embryonic or early fetal stages of development. The second is on ethical and policy issues arising from the application of biotechnology to animals in agriculture. He has served on the Health Sciences Institute Review Board, the UW Hospital Ethics Committee, UW's Biotechnology Advisory Committee, the Animal Care and Use Committee for UW's College of Letters and Sciences, and UW's Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee.

He is an associate professor with tenure at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He has a joint appointment in the Department of Medical History and Bioethics and the Philosophy Department, and affiliate appointments in the Department of Medical Sciences in the School of Veterinary Medicine, in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and in the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. He received his Ph.D. in ethics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1999.

publications

  1. Streiffer, Robert. Forthcoming. "Animal Biotechnology and the Non-Identity Problem." American Journal of Bioethics. [abstract]
  2. Streiffer, Robert. 2008. "Informed Consent and Federal Funding for Stem Cell Research," Hastings Center Report, 38 (3), 40-47. [article (reprinted by permission)] [abstract]
  3. Streiffer, Robert. 2007. "Wittgenstein on the General Form of a Proposition." Analysis and Metaphysics 6: 468-472. [abstract]
  4. Streiffer, Robert (lead author) and Alan Rubel. 2007. “Genetically Engineered Animals and the Ethics of Food Labeling." In The Labeling of Genetically Modified Foods, in Oxford University Press’s series Environmental Ethics and Science Policy, 63-87. [abstract]
  5. Streiffer, Robert (lead author), Alan Rubel, and Julie Fagan. 2006. "Medical Privacy and the Public's Right to Vote: What Presidential Candidates Should Disclose." The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 31: 417-439. [abstract]
  6. Streiffer, Robert. 2006. "Academic Freedom and Industry-Imposed Restrictions on Academic Biotechnology Research." The Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 16(2): 129-149. [abstract]
  7. Streiffer, Robert. 2005. "At the Edge of Humanity: Human Stem Cells, Chimeras, and Moral Status." The Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 15(4): 347-370. [abstract]
  8. Streiffer, Robert. 2005. "An Ethical Analysis of Ojibway Objections to Genomics and Genetics Research on Wild Rice." Philosophy in the Contemporary World, Special Issue on the Ownership of Common Goods 12(2): 37-45. [abstract]
  9. Streiffer, Robert (lead author) and Thomas Hedemann. 2005. "The Political Import of Intrinsic Objections to Genetically Engineered Food." The Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 18(2): 191-210. [abstract]
  10. Rubel, Alan (lead author) and Robert Streiffer. 2005. "Respecting the Autonomy of European and American Consumers: Defending Positive Labels on GM Foods." The Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 18(1): 75-84. [abstract]
  11. Streiffer, Robert. 2005. "Book Review of Gary Comstock's Vexing Nature? The Ethical Case against Agricultural Biotechnology." Environmental Ethics 27(2): 213-216. [abstract]
  12. Streiffer, Robert (lead author) and Alan Rubel. 2004. "Democratic Principles and Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food." Public Affairs Quarterly 18(3): 223-248. [abstract]
  13. Streiffer, Robert (lead author) and Alan Rubel. 2003. "Choice Versus Autonomy in the GM Food Labeling Debate." AgBioForum 6(3): 141-142. [abstract]
  14. Streiffer, Robert. 2003. "In Defense of the Moral Relevance of Species Boundaries." American Journal of Bioethics 3(3): 37-38. [abstract]
  15. Streiffer, Robert. 2003. Moral Relativism and Reasons for Action. New York: Routledge. [abstract]

works in progress or under review

  1. Streiffer, Robert. Biotechnology: The Ethical and Policy Issues. An anthology. [abstract]
  2. Streiffer, Robert. At the Edge of Humanity: Human Stem Cells, Chimeras, and Xenotransplantation. A single-authored book project.  [abstract]
  3. Streiffer, Robert. "The Welfare Argument for Diminished Animals." [abstract]
  4. Streiffer, Robert and Jeffrey Burkhardt. "GM Foods, Consumer Sovereignty, and the Democratic Impulse: Is Consumer Acceptance the Wrong Criterion?" [abstract]
  5. Streiffer, Robert. "Chimeras, Moral Status, and State Neutrality."
  6. Streiffer, Robert. "Moral Status: Clarifying the Concept."
offices phone numbers e-mail
Bioethics: 1411 Medical Sciences Center
Philosophy: 5123 Helen C. White Hall

(608) 262-7490
(608) 263-9479

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