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Nathan Stout
  • Graduate Fellow 2013-2014


Nathan Stout earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Tulane University in 2016, and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Program for Medical Ethics and Human Values in the Tulane University School of Medicine.  He is also is a member of the Tulane Social/Behavioral Institutional Review Board and works on the Integrated Ethics team in the New Orleans VA Hospital.

Dr. Stout focuses his research and teaching on biomedical ethics, moral psychology, and moral agency and responsibility.  His research is broadly interdisciplinary, touching on issues in philosophy, cognitive science, medicine, and law. He has published several papers exploring problems in moral psychology and autism spectrum disorder as well as a number of papers in applied ethics and the philosophy of praise and blame.  His work in biomedical ethics and the philosophy of medicine focuses on the implications of theoretical work on moral agency and responsibility for a variety of ethical issues, such as how to conceptualize standards for determining decisional capacity, the ethics of surrogate decision-making on behalf of incapacitated patients, and the nature of the physician/patient relationship. He has published his research in a number of prominent academic journals, including American Philosophical QuarterlyJournal of Ethics, and Journal of the American Philosophical Association.

For more information on Dr. Stout's research and publications, please visit his faculty page on the Tulane University  School of Medicine's Program for  Medical Ethics and Human Values website. 


The Murphy Institute

Established in memory of Charles H. Murphy, Sr. (1870-1954), and inspired by the vision of Charles H. Murphy, Jr. (1920-2002), The Murphy Institute exists to help Tulane faculty and students understand economic, moral, and political problems we all face and think about. More important, it exists to help us understand how these problems have come to be so closely interconnected.