Dr. Jeffrey P. Bishop

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Dr. Jeffrey P. Bishop

Professor of Philosophy and Theological Studies


Jeffrey Paul Bishop, M.D., Ph.D. possesses a wealth of expertise and experience in multiple fields. In addition to his position on the Doctor of Ministry faculty at St. Vladimir's Seminary, he is Saint Louis University's Tenet Endowed Chair of Health Care Ethics and director of the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics.


Educational Background

Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Dallas
M.A. in philosophy from the University of Dallas
Internal Medicine Residency Training from the UT Southwestern Medical School
M.D. from the University of Texas Medical School
B.S. in theology from the Austin Graduate School of Theology (formerly the Institute for Christian Studies)
B.A. in zoology from the University of Texas

Teaching Interests

Health Care Ethics

Current Projects and Research Interests

Bioethics, philosophy of medicine; history of philosophy; medicine and spirituality.

Selected Publications

Bishop, J. P. (2011). The Anticipatory Corpse: Medicine, Power, and the Care of the Dying. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press. 
Bishop, J.P. (2021, in preparation) “Cutting the Dynamic Heart: Chaplaincy and the Static Religion of Medicine” Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 
Bishop, J.P. (2021, in preparation) “Transhumanist Religion and the Cult of the Technological Imperative.” European Journal of Philosohy of Religion 
Bishop, J.P. and Goss, BW (2021, in press) “Secular Dreams and Myths of Irreligion” Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. 
Bishop, J.P. (2020) “Building Moral Brains: Moral Bioenhancement and the Being of Technology” Maynooth Philosophical Papers. DOI: 10.5840/mpp202091611 
Bishop, J.P. and Fitzgerald, M. (2020) “Norming COVID-19: The Urgency of a Nonhumanist Holism,” Heytrhop Journal. doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/heyj.13570 
Bishop, J.P. (2020) “At the Edge of Everydayness” Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics 10(1): 43-48. Doi: 10.1353/nib.2020.0021. 
Bishop, J.P. (2020) “Technics and Liturgics.” Christian Bioethics 26(1): 12-30. doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/cb/cbz016 
Bishop, J.P. (2019) “When Is Somebody Just Some Body? Ethics as First-Philosophy and the Brain Death Debate” Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 40(5): 419-436. DOI: 10.1007/s11017-019-09508-6 
Bishop, J. P. (2018) “Of Minds and Brains and Cocreation: Psychopharmaeuticals and Modern Technological Imaginaries.” Christian Bioethics 24(3): 224-245. https://doi.org/10.1093/cb/cby009
Bishop, J.P. (2018) “Ageing and the Technological Imaginary: Living and Dying in the Age of Perpetual Innovation,” Studies in Christian Ethics DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0953946818807462
Goss, B.W., and Bishop, J.P. (2018) “Judging Religion: Power, Pluralism, and the Political Control of Medicine.” Journal of Ethics, Medicine, and Public Health 5: 26-34. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jemep.2018.03.010
Bishop, J.P. (2017) “Principles, rules, and the deflation of the good in bioethics.” Journal of Ethics, Medicine, and Public Health DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jemep.2017.09.012
Bishop, J.P. (2017) “Beginning at the End: Liturgy and the Care of the Dying.” Christian Bioethics 23(1): 77-83. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/cb/cbw022 
Bishop, J.P. (2016) “From Anticipatory Corpse to Posthuman God.” Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 41(6): 679-695. https://doi.org/10.1093/jmp/jhw023 
Bishop, J.P. (2016) “Arts of dying and the Statecraft for Killing,” Studies in Christian Ethics. 29(3): 261-268. DOI: 10.1177/0953946816642969 
Bishop, J.P. (2015) “From Biomedicine to Biopsychosociospiritual Medicine: A Lesson in the History of Medicine in the West.” The International Journal of Chinese and Comparative Philosophy of Medicine and Philosophy (Chinese, Mandarin Language) 13(2):89-118. 
Bishop, J.P. (2014) “Christian Morality in a Post-Christian Medical System,” Christian Bioethics 20(3): 319-329. doi: 10.1093/cb/cbu024. 
Bishop, J.P. (2014) “False Gods and Facades of the Same: On the Distinctiveness of a Christian Bioethics." Christian Bioethics. 20 (2): 301-317 doi:10.1093/cb/cbu023. 
Bishop, J.P., Perry, J.E., A1:AM10 Medical Humanities. 29(1), 15-25. 
Gagen, W. J., Bishop, J. P. (2007). “Ethics, Justification and the Prevention of Spinda Bifida.” Journal of Medical Ethics. 33(9), 501-507. 
Bishop, J. P., Rees, C. (2007). “Hero or has been: What is the future of altruism in medical education.” Applied Health Sciences Education Research. 12(3), 391-399. 
Bishop, J. P. (2006). “Euthanasia, efficiency, and the historical distinction between killing a patient and allowing a patient to die.” Journal of Medical Ethics. 32(4), 220-224. 
Bishop, J. P. (2006). “Framing Euthanasia.” Journal of Medican Ethics. 32(4), 225-228. 
Bishop, J. P. (2004). “Beyond Health Care Accountability: The Gift of Medicine.” The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. 29(1), 119-133. Bishop CV 4 08/20/14 
Bishop, J. P. (2004). “Modern Liberalism, Female Circumcision and the Rationality of Traditions.” Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. 29(4), 473-497. 
Bishop, J. P., Stenger, V. (2004). “Retroactive prayer: Lots of History, Not much mystery and No Science.” British Medical Journal. 329, 1444-1446. 
Bishop, J. P. (2003). “Prayer, Science and the Moral Life of Medicine." Archives of Internal Medicine. 163, 1405-1408. 
Grinnell, F., Bishop, J. P., McCullough, L. B. (2002). “Bioethical Pluralism and Complementarity.” Perspectives in Biology and Medicine. 45(3), 338-349. 
Bishop, J. P. (2000). “Creating Narratives in the Clinical Encounter.” Medical Humanities Review. 14(1), 10-23. 
Bishop, J. P. (2000). “Mind-Body Unity: Gregory of Nyssa and a Surprising Fourth Century C.E. Perspective.” Perspectives in Biology and Medicine. 43(4), 519-529. 
Perry, J. E., Bishop, J. P. (2010). “Life, Death (Panels), and the Body Politic” Syracuse Law Review 60: 999-1021. 
Eberl, J.T. and Bishop, Jeffrey P., (2020) “Battlestar Galactica as Philosophy: Breaking the Biopolitical Cycle” The Palgrave Handbook of Popular Culture as Philosophy, ed. David Kyle Johnson (Palgrave). 
Bishop, J.P. (2018) “Transhumanism and Nietzsche’s Power Ontology: Or Why Christians Cannot be Transhumanists.” Edited by Ron Cole Turner and Steven Donaldson. In Transhumanism and the Church. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave MacMillan. 
Bishop, J.P. (2018) “Icons of the Body, Darker Gifts of the Flesh.” Imaging and Interpreting Illness: Becoming a Broken Body. Edited by Devan Stahl. Portland, OR: Cascade Press. 
Bishop, J.P. (2018) “Doing Well or Doing Good in Ethics Consultation.” In Peer Review, Peer Education, and Modeling in Clinical Ethics Consultation: The Zadeh Project. Edited by Stuart Finder and Mark Bliton. London: Springer. 
Bishop, J.P. (2016). “The Dominion of Medicine: Bioethics, the Human Sciences, and the Humanities.” In To Fix or To Heal. New York University Press. Edited by Joseph E. Davis and Maria Gonzales 
Bishop, J.P. (2015) “Dependency, Decisions, and a Family of Care.” Family Oriented Informed Consent: East Asian and American Perspectives. Edited by Ruiping Fan. Springer. 
Bishop, J.P. (2015). “On Medical Corpses and Resurrected Bodies.” The Role of Death in Life, Edited by John Behr and Connor Cunningham. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans Press. 
Bishop, JP. (2015). “Finitude.” Dying in the 21st Century: Toward a New Ethical Framework for the Art of Dying. Edited by Lydia Dugdale. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. 
Bishop, J.P. (2014). “Scientia Mortis and the Ars Moriendi.” In (Ed.) Health and Humanities Reader Edited by Jones, T., Wear, D., Friedman, L. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. 
Bishop, J. P. (2014). “On Medical Corpses and Resurrected Bodies.” In Behr, John. The Role of Death in Life. Eerdmans Press. 
Bishop, J. P. (2014). “Finitude.” In Dugdale, Lydia. The New Ars Moriendi. Oxford University Press. 
Bishop, J. P. (2013). “Scientia Mortis and the Ars Moriendi.” In Jones, T., Wear, D., Friedman, L. (Ed.) Health and Humanities Reader. Rutgers University Press. 
Bishop, J. P. (2013). “Science, Virtue, and the Birth of Modernity, or On the TechnoTheo-Logic of Modern Neuroscience.” In Guerra, M., Lawler, P. (Ed.), The Science of Modern Virtue. Northern Illinois State University Press. 
Bishop, J. P. (2011). “On the Social Construction of Clinical Ethics Consultation.” In Engelhardt, H. T. (Ed.), Bioethics Critically Reconsidered: Having Second Thoughts. London: Springer, pp. 177- 189. 
Bishop, J. P. (2007). “The broken body and the disabled body: Reflections on disability and the objects of medicine.” In Swinton, J., Brock, B. (Ed.), Theology, Disability and the New Genetics: Why Science Needs the Church. London: T&T Clark. 
Bishop, J. P. (2002). “Men in Modernity: Aristotle, the Genome and the meaning of Life.” In Munhall, P., Madden, E., Fitzsimons, V. (Ed.), The Emergence of Man int he 21st Century. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett. 
Bishop, J. P. (2014) "Renewing Christian Bioethics." Christian Bioethics. 20 (2): 141- 145 doi:10.1093/cb/cbu012. 
Bishop, J. P. and Trancik, E. (2013) “Assessing the Spirit.” Christian Bioethics. 19 (3): 247- 250 doi:10.1093/cb/cbt026 
Bishop, J. P. and Sunderland, N. (2013) “What is it Like to Live with the Label of Disability? Personal Narrative as a Resource for Responsive and Informed Practice in Biomedicine and Bioethics.” Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics. 3(3): 183-186. 
Bishop, J. P., Bedford, E. L. (2011). “Medically Assisted Nutrition and Hydration: The Vegetative State and Beyond.” Christian Bioethics. 17(2), 97-104. 
Bishop, J. P. (2011). “Waiting for St. Benedict Among the Ruins: MacIntyre and Medical Practices.” Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. 36(2), 107-113. 
Bishop, J. P. (2009). “Revisiting Foucault.” Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. 34(4), 323-327. 
Bishop, J. P., Jotterand, F. (2006). “Bioethics as biopolitics.” Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. 31(3), 205-212. 
Bishop, J. P. (2000). “A Challenging Dialogue: A Response to Arthur Frank.” Medical Humanities Review. 14(2), 20-25.