Department of Philosophy
Education: Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis
B.A., University of Mississippi
Patrick D. Hopkins is a philosopher specializing in ethical theory, moral cognition, and applied ethical issues in science, medicine, and technology. He received a B.A. from the University of Mississippi in Psychology, and worked for a while as a research assistant at the Yerkes Primate Research Center in Atlanta and later in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the University of Tennessee Medical School in Memphis.
Following his interests in the cultural, moral, and theological dimensions of science and technology, he pursued graduate studies in Philosophy, receiving a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis, followed by a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Applied Ethics at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
He is currently Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Millsaps College, where he teaches courses in applied ethics, political theory, history and philosophy of science, and philosophy of mind and neuroscience. He has published numerous articles on biomedical ethics, science and technology studies, gender studies, and religious studies and edited a book on the relationship between gender and technology.
He is currently working on a major project examining the relationship between technology and the concept of "nature" as well as smaller projects on medical enhancement, moral cognition, and technology politics.