Abbreviated Version


Richard Sherlock


ADDRESS 1680 East 1400 North Logan, UT 84321 (435) 752‑4922

Languages & Philosophy Dept. Utah State University Logan, UT 84322‑0720 (435) 797‑1244




Professor of Philosophy, Department of Languages and Philosophy, Utah State University




Honors B.A. Summa Cum Laude, University of Utah (1970)

Master of Theological Studies Harvard Divinity School (1972)

Doctor of Philosophy, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University (1978)

THESIS: Procreative Rights and the Sterilization of the Retarded




Phi Beta Kappa,  Researcher of the Year, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, USU 1987

Honors Professor of the Year, USU 1989‑1990

Liberal Arts and Sciences Professor Award, 1992

Mortor Board Top Prof., 1993

Honors Program Last Lecturer, 1993

Teacher of the Year, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Utah State University, 1995

Honors Professor of the Year, Utah State University, 1995‑1996





Kennedy Foundation Fellow, Interfaculty program in Medical Ethics, Harvard University (1973‑1975).

Earhart Foundation Fellowships 1987‑1988,

National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship 1989.




Adjunct Associate Professor, McGill University, Montreal


Senior Research Scholar, Center for Bioethics, Clinical Research Institute of Montreal.


Professor, Department of Theology, Fordham University, Bronx. Taught ethics and moral theology to graduate and undergraduate students, as well as reading and mentoring dissertations.


Adjunct Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Christian Brothers College, Memphis, TN (1979‑1983).


Assistant Professor, Program on Human Values and Ethics, University of Tennessee, Center for the Health Sciences (1978­1983).


Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Northeastern University, Boston.


Teaching Fellow in Ethics, Harvard University (1976).


Teaching Fellow in Medical Ethics, Harvard College (1975).


Research Fellow in Medical Ethics and Health Policy Harvard Medical School (1973‑1975).




American Academy of Religion, Society for Philosophy and Technology, American Philosophical Association,  Association for Politics and the Life Sciences




Medical and Applied Ethics and Policy, Moral Philosophy and Theology, Philosophical Theology




Political Philosophy, History of Modern Philosophy, Modern Theology




“The Precautionary Principle” American Philosophical Association May 2001


“Abortion and Health Care in the 1992 Election”, American Political Science Assn. Sept. 1993


“Locke on St. Paul” paper delivered at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Assn., September 1992


“Christianity and Liberal Democracy”, Bradley Memorial Lecture, Boston College (March 1992)


“Revealed Religion in Practice: An Introduction to Hobbes' Behemoth”, delivered at the American Political Science Association Meeting (September 1988)


“Theology of Toleration: A Reading of Locke's Reasonableness of Christianity”, American Political Science Association, San Francisco (September 1990)


“Genetically Engineered Organisms in the Human Food Chain: Regulatory and Policy Issues” presented at the American Political Science Association Meeting (September 1989)


“The Devil and Thomas Hobbes: Leviathan, Book IV” invited paper at international conference on the religious thought of Thomas Hobbes, University of Hamburg (Summer 1988)


“Faithful Medicine: The Religious Roots of Human Caretaking”, American Academy of Religion, Anaheim, California (November 1989)


With Amal Kawar, “Theoretical and Policy Issues in the Regulation of Deliberate Release of Genetically Engineered Organisms” American Political Science Association, Washington, D.C. (September 1988)


With Roger Barrus, “The Problem of Religion in Liberalism”, American Political Science Association, San Francisco (September 1990)


“Risk and Responsibility”, plenary address to International Conference on Biotechnology Policy, Montreal, Canada (November 1990)


“The Pro‑Life Movement”, Society for the Study of Social Problems, Berkeley, California (August 1989)


“Entrustment and Disclosure in Clinical Medicine: Toward a Phenomenology of "Care Taking." Delivered at the American Association of Medical Colleges Meeting, Washington D.C. (October 1985)


“Ernst Troeltsch and the Politics of Nihilism. The Dilemma of a Neo‑Kantian Political Philosophy”, Delivered at the American Academy of Religion meeting, Chicago (December 1984)


“Faithful Medicine: Faith, Hope and Ambiguity in Clinical Care”, delivered at the annual meeting of the National Federation of Catholic Physician's Guilds, Philadelphia (October 1984)


“The moral Quandary of Prenatal Genetics”, delivered at national conference on Human Life and Health Care Ethics, Marquette University (April 1983)


“Hobbes on Religion and Politics” delivered at International Congress, University of Colorado (August 1979)





“ Ethical Issues in Transgenics”   Cloning 2:2 ( fall 2000)



“Sin, Grace and Morality: Reinhold Neibuhr” in David Paulsen ed. Modern Theology , SUNY Press



“The Theology of Toleration: A Reading of Locke’s Reasonableness of Christianity”

Jewish Political Studies 9( winter) : 19-47



“The Permanent Crisis of the Welfare State”, Crisis April 1995


Edited and Introduction, The Normative Constitution ( Rowman and Littlefield)



"Abortion and Health Care in the 1992 Election" in John Eastby eds


The 1992 Election: Constitutional Consequences of the Campaign for the President

(Roman and Littlefield)


With Camille Williams, "After Roe: The Theory and Practice of Moderate Abortion Policy,"

The World and I


With Roger Barrus, "The Problem of Religion in Modern Politics," Interpretation.

21(1993): 67-85



"Supreme Court Challenge: Inside the Making of the Utah Abortion Law." Policy

Review, Spring 1991.


With Richard Wilkins "Moderating the Polar Extremes: A Guide to Post ­Webster Abortion Policy," BYU Law Review, 1991 Volume 1, pp. 403‑480



With Amal Kawar "Genetically Engineered Organisms in Food: The Case

of the Dairy Industry," in David Weber, ed. Biotechnology (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1990) : 117-129


"The Politics of the Netherworld: Leviathan Book IV" in Klaus Kodalle ed. Hobbes and Religion Amsterdam:. Kluwer, Academic Books, 1990.



With Amal Kawar "Response to Critics: Theoretical and Policy Issues in the Release of Engineered Organisms” Politics and the Life Sciences 7( August, 1989) : 56-58


With Amal Kawar, " Theoretical Issues in the Regulation of Genetically Engineered Organisms: The Case of Deliberate Release” Politics and the Life Sciences 7( January, 1989) : 129-134


"Ernst Troeltsch and the politics of Nihilism: The Dilemma of a Neo-­Kantian Political Philosophy" in Ernst Troeltsch: New Essays Michael LaChat and Max Meyers, Eds.

(Toronto : Edwin Mellen Press, 1989) : 205-225



With Mary Dingus, Families and the Gravely III: Roles. Rules. and Rights (Greenwood‑Praeger Press)



Preserving Life: Public Policy and the Life Worth Living (Chicago: Loyola University Press)




"My Brother's Keeper: Mental Health Policy and the New Psychiatry" in Susan Saladay et al., eds. Ethics, Values and Psychiatry (New York: Grune and Stratton) pp. 177‑209.


"Reasonable Men and Sick Human Beings" American Journal of Medicine (January) pp. 2‑4.


"Conversations with Patients: Renewing the Promise of Informed Consent” Annals of the Royal College of Canada (January) pp. 41‑43.




With Mary Dingus, "Families and the Gravely III: Role, Rules and Rights" Journal

of the American Geriatric Society 31 (1985) pp. 121‑124.


“The Moral Quandary of Prenatal Genetics" in James Bopp et al., eds. New Essays in Bioethics (Fredericksburg, MD: University Press of America, Althea Books, 1985)


"Moral Values in Psychotherapy: A Review" in Directions in Psychiatry vol. 5 (New York, 1985)



"Compliance and Responsibility: A New Problem for the Insanity Defense” Journal of Law and Psychiatry 17 (December) pp. 483‑505.


"Competency to Consent to Medical Care: Toward a General View" General Hospital

Psychiatry 5 (1984) pp. 16‑22.


With William Murphy, "Confidentiality and Therapy: An Agency Perspective" Comprehensive Psychiatry 34 (1984) pp. 88‑95



"Consent, Competency and ECT: Some Critical Suggestions" Journal of Medical

Ethics 9 (1983) pp. 149‑151.


"Suicide and Public Policy: A Critique of the New Consensus" Bioethics Quarterly

4 (Fall) pp. 58‑70


"Ethics and the Artificial Heart" Health Spectrum (Spring) pp. 15‑18



"The Theology of Leviathan: Hobbes on Religion" Interpretation 10 (1982)

pp. 43‑60



"For Everything There is a Season: The Right to Die in American Law" Brigham Young University Law Review 10 (1982) pp. 545‑616


With Robert Sherlock, "The Sterilization of the Retarded: Moral, Constitutional and Policy Issues" North Carolina Law Review 60 (1982) pp 943‑983


With Radwan Haykal, M.D. "Refusal of ECT in a Depressed Patient: Management

Controversies" Hastings Center Report 12 (December) pp. 18‑19



"The Demographic Case for Liberal Abortion Policies: Analysis of a Psuedo‑Issue" in

New Essays on Human Abortion Thomas Hilgers M.D., David Mall, Dennis

Horan, eds. (Frederick, MD: University Press of America) pp. 450‑465


"Liberalism, Public Policy, and the Life Not Worth Living" American Journal Of Jurisprudence 26 (1981) pp. 47‑65


"Euthanasia as Public Policy: A Review" Political Science Reviewer 11 (1981) pp. 251‑286


"Abortion and Public Policy" Sunstone Magazine 6 (September) pp. 17‑19


Review Essay on Marvin Kohl, ed. Infanticide and the Value of Life Linacre Quarterly 48 (August) pp. 278‑281



"Selective Non‑Treatment of Defective Newborns: A Critique" Ethics in Science and Medicine 7 (1980) pp. 11 ‑117


"Public Policy and the Life Not Worth Living: The Case Against Euthanasia" Linacre Quarterly 47 (1980) pp. 121‑132


"Darwinism and Religious Thought: An Uncomfortable Interface" Dialogue 15 (Fall) pp. 63‑78


"Debate: Selective Non‑Treatment of Defective Newborns" Journal of Medical Ethics 5 (September) pp. 139‑140


"Faith and Historical Knowledge" Dialogue 13 (Spring) pp. 27‑41



"From Stigma to Sterilization: Eliminating the Retarded in American Law" Linacre

Quarterly 45 (May) pp. 115‑134


"A Turbulent Spectrum: Mormon Responses to the Darwinist Legacy" Journal of Mormon History 4 pp. 45‑69


"Differential Rates of Population Growth: Ethical Analysis” Encyclopedia of Bioethics (New York: Macmillan, 1978)


In Development:


with John Morrey Ethical Issues in Biotechnology: A Textbook


The Roots of Liberty : Religion, Conscience and Dissent in Early Modern Britain