S. Matthew Liao

Clinical Associate Professor of Bioethics; Director of Bioethics Program; Associate Director for The Center for Bioethics; Affiliate Professor of Philosophy; Environmental Studies; and Division of Medical Ethics, Department of Population Health
D. Phil 2001, Oxford University; A.B. 1994, Princeton University.

Office Address:
285 Mercer Street, Room 1005
New York, NY 10003
Phone: (212) 998-3672
Fax: (212) 995-4055
Personal Homepage

Areas of Research/Interest:
ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, moral psychology, bioethics


S. Matthew Liao is the Director for the MA Program in Bioethics, the Associate Director of the Center for Bioethics, and a Clinical Associate Professor of Bioethics at New York University. From 2006 to 2009, he was the Deputy Director and James Martin Senior Research Fellow in the Program on the Ethics of the New Biosciences in the Faculty of Philosophy at Oxford University. He was the Harold T. Shapiro Research Fellow in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University in 2003–2004, and a Greenwall Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins University and a Visiting Researcher at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University from 2004–2006. In May 2007, he founded Ethics Etc, a group blog for discussing contemporary philosophical issues in ethics and related areas. He is interested in a wide range of issues including ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, moral psychology, and bioethics.

Editorial Positions
Editor in Chief, Journal of Moral Philosophy, 2013 –
Editorial Board Member, American Journal of Bioethics, 2009 –
Review Board Member, International Encyclopedia of Ethics, 2010 - 2012

Affiliated with other departments or programs
Affiliate Professor of Philosophy; Environmental Studies; and Division of Medical Ethics, Department of Population Health


Books & Edited Volumes

  • 2015. The Right to Be Loved. Oxford University Press, forthcoming
  • 2015. Current Controversies in Bioethics, (ed.), Routledge, commissioned, with C. O'Neil
  • 2014. Moral Brains: The Neuroscience of Morality, (ed.), Oxford University Press, forthcoming
  • 2014. The Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights, (ed.), Oxford University Press, forthcoming, with R. Cruft and M. Renzo
  • 2008. “The Ethics of Enhancement,” Journal of Applied Philosophy, 25 (3), (ed.) with J. Savulescu and D. Wasserman

Selected Articles and Book Chapters

Encyclopedia Entries and Book Reviews

  • 2010. "Contractualism." In Encyclopedia of Political Theory, edited by Mark Bevir. Sage, with Jussi Suikkanen, forthcoming
  • 2010. "Psychopharmacology." In International Encyclopedia of Ethics, edited by Hugh LaFollette. Blackwell, commissioned
  • 2001. T. Scanlon, What We Owe To Each Other (Harvard, 2000), Metapsychology Online

Interviews & Op-Eds


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