Alexander Anthony Guerrero JD, PhD

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Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy
Department: Medical Ethics and Health Policy

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3401 Market Street
Suite 320
Philadelphia, PA 19104
A.B. (Philosophy)
Harvard University, 2001.
J.D. (Law)
New York University, 2008.
Ph.D. (Philosophy)
New York University, 2012.
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Description of Research Expertise

My research focuses on a number of different topics in biomedical ethics, political philosophy, moral philosophy, philosophy of law, and topics in epistemology that relate to those four areas.

In biomedical ethics, my work focuses on (1) the ethics of allocation of scarce medical resources, (2) ethical issues that arise specifically with respect to children and adolescents and their treatment, and (3) the ethical and legal issues relating to the treatment and punishment of those with mental health and/or substance abuse issues.

In political philosophy, my work has centered on the issue of political legitimacy: what, if anything, makes political action morally permissible, given that political action constitutes action backed by coercive force? I am particularly interested in the connections between democracy and legitimacy, and in exploring alternative political systems that might be improvements upon familiar representative systems of government. A second set of interests concerns issues at the intersection of epistemology and political philosophy: how should we design political institutions so that they are both legitimate and epistemically responsible?

I have a number of interests in moral and legal philosophy, including the following topics: the moral status of animals and non-sentient life, the relationship between kindness and well-being, the relationship between moral responsibility and individual history, the philosophy of punishment and the role of the prison, the ethics of genetic enhancement, the philosophy of immigration law and policy, the purpose and interpretation of constitutions, the ethical responsibilities of professionals, and the ethics and epistemology of decision-making under conditions of factual, legal, and/or moral uncertainty.

Selected Publications

Guerrero, A.: On Marie Collins Swabey's 'Publicity and Measurement' Ethics 125: (in press), January 2015.

Guerrero, A.: Deliberation, Responsibility, and Excusing Mistakes of Law. Jurisprudence Page: (in press), 2014 Notes: (an earlier version of this paper appeared in American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Philosophy and Law, Vol. 11, No. 1, (2011))

Guerrero, A.: Against Elections: The Lottocratic Alternative. Philosophy and Public Affairs 42: 135-178, 2014.

Guerrero, A.: Appropriately Using People Merely as a Means. Criminal Law and Philosophy Page: (in press), 2014.

Guerrero, A.: Coercion, Political Accountability, and Voter Ignorance: The Mistaken Medicaid Expansion Ruling in NFIB v. Sebelius. Public Affairs Quarterly 27: 199-214, 2013.

Guerrero, A.: Lawyers, Context, and Legitimacy: A New Theory of Legal Ethics. Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics 25: 107-164, January 2012.

Guerrero, A. : The Paradox of Voting and the Ethics of Political Representation. Philosophy and Public Affairs 38: 272-306, July 2010.

Guerrero, A.: Don’t Know, Don’t Kill: Moral Ignorance, Culpability, and Caution. Philosophical Studies 136: 59-97, October 2007.

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