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H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr., PhD, MD Biography

Professor of Philosophy at Rice University
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"

“One will need to live with individuals’ deciding with consenting others when to end their lives, not because such is good, but because one does not have the authority coercively to stop individuals from acting together in such ways. In a secular, pluralist society one will need to accept euthanasia by default.”

“Fashioning an Ethic for Life and Death in a Post-Modern Society,” the Hastings Center Report, 1989

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to end-of-life issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to end-of-life.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor of Philosophy, Rice University
  • Professor, Center for Ethics and Culture, University of Notre Dame
  • MD, Tulane University, 1972
  • PhD, University of Texas at Austin, 1969
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. What Is Medical Futility?