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Spring 2014 Great Topics Seminar: "How Science Changed Our World: The Big Ideas in Science, Medicine, and Technology and What They Did"

Patrick D. Hopkins, Millsaps College
Patrick D. Hopkins is a philosopher specializing in ethics, moral psychology and neuroscience, and the philosophy of science and technology. Upon completing a BA in psychology at the University of Mississippi in, he worked at the Yerkes Primate Research Center in Atlanta, and later in Anatomy and Neurobiology at the University of Tennessee Medical School, Memphis. To further his interests in the cultural, moral, and theological dimensions of science and technology, he completed a PhD in philosophy at Washington University, St. Louis, followed by a postdoctoral research fellowship in applied ethics at Bowling Green State University, Ohio.  Currently, as professor of philosophy at Millsaps College and affiliate faculty at the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities at UMMC, Dr. Hopkins teaches courses in ethics, history and philosophy of science, and moral psychology.  The author of numerous articles on biomedical ethics and studies in science and technology, gender, and religion, he has edited an anthology on gender and technology and another on applied ethics controversies. Along with ongoing projects on pathologies of moral cognition, medical enhancement, and medicine's role in the law, Dr. Hopkins’ current research project is a book project examining the history of natural law theory and the impact on its future of contemporary neuroscience.


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