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Peter DePergola

United States
Institution College of Our Lady of the Elms
Position Shaughness Family Endowed Chair in Humanities; Associate Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities; Executive Director, Center for Ethics, Religion, and Culture
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Recent Publications
  • DePergola II, Peter A. “Ethical Guidelines for the Treatment of Patients with Suspected or Confirmed Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).” Journal of Health Ethics 16, no. 1, a. 4 (2020): 1-57.
  • DePergola II, Peter A. “The Bionic Brain: Pragmatic Neuroethics and the Moral Plausibility of Cognitive Enhancement.” In The Age of Artificial Intelligence: An Exploration, ed. Steven S. Gouveia, 241-52. Wilmington, DE: Vernon Press, 2020.
  • DePergola II, Peter A. “The Neuroethical Role of Narrative Identity in Ethical Decision Making.” Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics 6, no. 2 (2019): 17-46.
  • Mapes, Marianna V., Peter A. DePergola II, and William T. McGee. “Patient-Centered Care and Autonomy: Shared Decision Making in Practice and a Suggestion for Practical Application in the Critically Ill.” Journal of Intensive Care Medicine (2019).
  • DePergola II, Peter A. “The Historical Emergence in Neuroscience of Crucial Categories for Ethical Decision Making.” EC Neurology 11, no. 9 (2019): 766-88.
  • DePergola II, Peter A. “Cooperation in Confidential Withholding of HIV Status from Partners of Sexually-Active Patients: A Role for Organizational Moral Agency.” Indian Journal of Medical Ethics 4, no. 1 (2019): 45-49.
  • DePergola II, Peter A. “The Bionic Brain: Pragmatic Neuroethics and the Moral Plausibility of Cognitive Enhancement.” Journal of Health Ethics 15, no. 2, a.7 (2019): 1-10.
  • DePergola II, Peter A. “Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide, and Palliative Sedation: A Brief Clarification and Reinforcement of the Moral Logic.” Journal of Health Ethics 14, no. 2, a. 4 (2018): 1-9.
  • DePergola II, Peter A. “The Neurostructure of Morality and the Hubris of Memory Manipulation.” The New Bioethics 24, no. 3 (2018): 199-227.
  • DePergola II, Peter A. “The False Hope of Deliberate Forgetting: A Critical Response to Proponents of ‘Limited-Use’ Memory Manipulation.” Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics 5, no. 3 (2018): 54-85.
  • DePergola II, Peter A. “The Inclusion of Children in Nontherapeutic Medical Research: A Role for Double Effect Reasoning in the Moral Justification of Pediatric Experimentation.” Pediatric Ethicscope 31, no. 1 (2018): 72-85; 90.
  • DePergola II, Peter A. “Communicating Shared Value in Healthcare: Wisdom from Aristotle’s Transcendent Third.” Ethikos 32, no. 4 (2018): 15-17.
  • DePergola II, Peter A. Forget Me Not: The Neuroethical Case Against Memory Manipulation. Wilmington, DE: Vernon Press, 2018.
Professional Activities and Affiliations
  • Chief Ethics Officer and Senior Director of Clinical Ethics, Baystate Health
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Research Scholar in Bioethics, TEDMED Foundation
  • Member & Research Scientist in Neuroethics, American Academy of Neurology
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Health Ethics
  • Member & Bureau Expert, International Neuroethics Society
  • Editorial Board Member, International Medicine
  • Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Global Ethical Theory and Practice
  • Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Philosophy