The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network founded the Paul Ramsey Institute in 2012 to build a training program that would uphold and further the great legacy of our namesake, Paul Ramsey (1913-1988). Ramsey anticipated many of the moral challenges we now face in the realms of science and medicine, and pioneered a thorough ethical analysis of these challenges.

In this spirit, the Paul Ramsey Institute brings together leading thinkers in the field of bioethics with current graduate students, medical students, and early-career academic and medical professionals in order to prepare and equip these future leaders with an approach to bioethics that is grounded in moral responsibility. The Institute’s scholars and fellows gather three times each year.

At the Paul Ramsey Institute, we pursue important questions that are facing our world today such as:

  • What does it mean to be human?
  • How are we to pursue various techniques and therapies to promote healing while also recognizing and respecting ethical limitations?
  • What is the meaning of suffering? Might it serve some greater good?
  • What is the proper relationship between patient and physician?
  • Can science alone solve our problems?

In engaging these questions we don’t simply speculate about the future, we also consider how past philosophical traditions can shape and improve our present understandings and help us to meet the pressing challenges of our time.

In the few short years since we began, our Paul Ramsey Institute alumni have received various tenure track positions at schools and universities throughout the United States as well as a Rhodes Scholarship. Several are publishing in prestigious journals and publications throughout the world.

Our 2015-2017 cohort includes students from the University of Chicago, Cornell Medical School, Claremont Graduate University, and New York University to name only a few of the highly regarded institutions represented in this group.

Paul Ramsey’s commitment to the dignity of human life, along with his exemplary scholarship and teaching, set a standard for all of us to aspire to today, and we invite you to learn more about Our Mission and Our Values.

Thank you for your interest in this program. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.


Christopher White
Project Director
Paul Ramsey Institute