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Melissa Seymour Fahmy

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ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR -- Kantian Ethics, Biomedical Ethics

Melissa Seymour Fahmy (Ph.D. Indiana University, Bloomington) has a primary research interest in Kantian ethics with particular focus on the duties of love and respect, as well as the intersection of morality and happiness.  Dr. Fahmy also has research and teaching interests in biomedical ethics especially with regard to the ethics of assisted reproduction.  Her paper, “Procreative Responsibility in Assisted and Collaborated Reproduction” she defends a principle of procreative responsibility and its applicability to medical professionals who provide reproductive assistance, gamete brokers, gamete donors, and surrogates.  Her current research project involves developing and defending an interpretation of Kant’s formula of humanity for the purpose of applying this principle to cases that present as exploitation despite consenting parties.


Research Interests:
  • Ethics
  • Kantian Ethics
  • Biomedical Ethics
  • Moral Psychology
Courses Regularly Taught:
Articles Featuring Melissa Seymour Fahmy
Wednesday, March 22, 2023 - 2:57pm

Professor Yuri Balashov gave a talk on "Harnessing the Power of Domain Adaptation" at the Annual Conference of the American Translators Association in…

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 3:03pm

Melissa Seymour Fahmy, Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, has been selected as a Center for Teaching & Learning Senior Teaching Fellow. This award provides senior faculty with an opportunity to focus on undergraduate instruction and…

Events featuring Melissa Seymour Fahmy
Peabody Hall, Room 115

 The charge of exploitation is a common one. Numerous modern-day practices involving employment, medicine, and banking have been described exploitative. Exploitation is also a really interesting kind of moral wrong. Nearly all scholars who write about exploitation agree that while some instances of exploitation…

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