Terrance McConnell
Professor of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Phone: (336) 334-3202
Email: tcmcconn@uncg.edu


B.A. 1971 (Summa Cum Laude) Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio
Ph.D. 1975 University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Publications/Research Interests

Areas of Specialization: Biomedical Ethics, Ethical Theory
Areas of Interest: Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Law


  • Inalienable Rights: The Limits of Consent in Medicine and the Law (New York:  Oxford University Press, 2000), 174pp.
  • Gratitude (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1993), 273pp.
  • Moral Issues in Health Care (Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing, first edition, 1982, second edition 1997) 285pp./268pp.
Articles (most recent only)
  • “Buying Time,” in Kenneth V. Iserson et al. (editors), Ethics in Emergency Medicine (Tucson: Galen Press, 1995), pp. 197-203 (with Rita Layson).
  • “Moral Residue and Dilemmas,” in H.E. Mason (editor), Moral Dilemmas and Moral Theory (New York: Oxford University Press, 1996), pp. 36-47.
  • “Intuitionism,” in J.J. Chambliss (editor), Philosophy of Education: An Encyclopedia (New York: Garland Press, 1996), pp. 308-310.
  • “The Inalienable Right of Conscience: A Madisonian Argument,” Social Theory and Practice 22 (Fall 1996), pp. 397-416.
  • “Must Consent Always Be Obtained for Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders?” Archives of Internal Medicine 156 (1996), pp. 2617-2620 (with Rita Layson).  [Reprinted in Ralph Baergen (editor), Ethics at the End of Life (Wadsworth Publishing, 2001), pp. 151-157.]
  • “On an Alleged Problem for Voluntary Euthanasia,” Journal of Medical Ethics 26 (June 2000), pp. 218-219 (letter).
  • “Whistle-Blowing,” in Christopher Wellman and R.G. Frey (editors), Companion to Applied Ethics (New York: Blackwell, 2002), forthcoming.
  • “Moral Dilemmas,” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2002).
  • “Ethical Issues in Conducting Research Related to Treatment of Alzheimer Disease,” Journal of Gerontological Nursing, forthcoming (with Mary Ann Sevick and Melissa Muender).
Professional Service (selective):
  • Panelist, Nationalist Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for College Teachers (1990, 1998, 1999)
  • Editorial Board, Public Affairs Quarterly (1987-1990)
  • Occasional referee for:
    •  Ethics
    •  Law and Philosophy
    •  Philosophy and Phenomenological Research
    •  Public Affairs Quarterly
    •  Nous
    •  Oxford University Press
    •  Cambridge University Press
    •  Wadsworth Publishing Company
    •  McGraw-Hill
    •  Holt, Rinehart, and Winston
Teaching Experience

University of North Carolina at Greensboro
July 1987 – present, Professor 
July 1980 – June 1987, Associate Professor 
August 1976 – June 1980, Assistant Professor

Carleton College (Northfield, Minnesota)/St. Olaf College (Northfield, Minnesota)
September 1975 – May 1976, Assistant Professor

University of Minnesota
September 1974 – June 1975, Instructor 
September 1971 – August 1974, Teaching Assistant

Special Teaching:
HONORS SEMINARS: Plato (1981 and 1986); Medical Ethics (1991, 1993, 2001, and 2002); Philosophy of the Constitution (1997, with  Joshua Hoffman); Ethics and Genetics (1999, with Rob Cannon). 
Ethics and Genetics (2001). 

OTHER: Cultural Diversity and Medicine (2001). Ethical Issues in Biotechnology (1996, with Rob Cannon [biologist]). Medical Ethics for Residents, Internal Medicine Teaching Program at the Moses Cone Health Care System: four 2-hour seminars (with Rita Layson, M.D.), 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001. Visiting Associate Professor, Duke University, Spring Semester 1987. 

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