Lesley Rice

Assistant Professor of Bioethics
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  • History and Philosophy of Biology
  • Theological Anthropology
  • Christianity and Culture

Lesley Rice

Assistant Professor of Bioethics


Ph.D., Pontifical John Paul II Institute, Washington, D.C.
M.T.S., Pontifical John Paul II Institute, Washington, D.C.
B.A., Theology and German, University of Dallas


Dr. Rice received her doctorate in theology from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute with a dissertation on contemporary Catholic thought concerning biotechnology and the beginning of life. Her research concerns the history and philosophy of biology, the character of biological knowing, and the cultural and anthropological significance of biotechnologies. Her work has been published in Communio: International Catholic ReviewAnthropotes: Rivista di Studi sulla Persona e la Famiglia, and Humanum: Issues in Family, Culture & Science.


JPI 617

Biology, Medicine, and the Contours of Human Life

This course develops foundations for bioethical inquiry in view of the doctrine of creation, the nuptial anthropology proposed by John […]

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JPI 619

Life, Death, and the Human Person

This course treats questions concerning illness, medical treatments, and death within the ambit of the anthropological foundations developed in JPI […]

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JPI 871

Technology and Life

In view of the Cartesian separation between res extensa and rex cogitans that continues to shape our civilization, philosopher Robert Spaemann diagnosed a blind […]

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JPI 873

Suffering, Death, and the Technological Imperative

Strikingly, Pope Benedict’s brief letter, “On the Urgent Task of Educating Young People” (2008), called for teaching young people to suffer […]

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JPI 1006

“The Genealogy of the Person”: An Exploration

In his 1994 Letter to Families, Pope John Paul II said that “the genealogy of the person is inscribed in the […]

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JPI 676

Biologies, Technologies, and the Human Person

This course probes historical and philosophical underpinnings of several biological disciplines that play a role in contemporary human self-understanding as well […]

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