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Bernard Gert

Bernard Gert, American philosopher, educator. Recipient National Science Foundation-National Endowment for Humanities Sustained Development award, 1980-1984, Fulbright lectureship, Israel, 1985-1986, Argentina, 1995; fellow, National Endowment of the Humanities, 1969-1970, Hastings Center, since 1986; principal investigator grant, National Institutes of Health, 1990-1993.


  • Gert, Bernard was born on October 16, 1934 in Cincinnati. Son of Max and Celia (Yarnovsky) Gert.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, University Cincinnati, 1956. Doctor of Philosophy, Cornell University, 1962. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), University Cincinnati, 2006.


    • Instructor philosophy Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, 1959-1962, assistant professor philosophy, 1962-1966, associate professor, 1966-1970, professor, 1970—2009, chairman department philosophy, 1971—1974, 1979—1981, 1998—2001, Stone professor intellectual and moral philosophy, 1981—1992, 1998—2009, Eunice and Julian Cohen professor ethics and human values, 1992-1998. Visiting associate professor philosophy Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, 1967-1968. Visiting professor philosophy Edinburgh University, fall 1974, Hebrew University Jerusalem, 1985-1986, Nacional University de la Plata and University Buenos Aires, Argentina, fall 1995, Center Applied Philosophy Charles Sturt University, Canberra, Australia, 2004, 2007.

      Adjunct professor psychiatry Dartmouth Medical School, since 1976. Principal investigator National Institutes of Health, 1990-1993. Research adjunct professor psychiatry University North Carolina Medical School, Chapel Hill, since 2007.


    • Bioethics: A Return to Fundamentals
    • An updated and expanded successor to Culver and Gert's Philosophy in Medicine, this book integrates moral philosophy with clinical medicine to present a comprehensive summary of the theory, concepts, and lines of reasoning underlying the field of bioethics.


    Fellow National Humanities Center 2001-2002. Member American Philosophical Association, American Society Political and Legal Philosophy, Society Ethics Across the Curriculum, Association Practical and Professional Ethics, American Society Bioethics and Humanities (Lifetime Achievement award, 2006).





    • Married Esther Libbye Rosenstein, August 3, 1958. Children: Heather Joy, Joshua Noah.
    • father: Max Gert
    • mother: Celia (Yarnovsky) Gert
    • spouse: Esther Libbye Rosenstein
    • children: Heather Joy Gert
    • Joshua Noah Gert
    Bernard Gert
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    Born October 16, 1934
    • 1956
      University Cincinnati
    • 1962
      Cornell University
    • 2006
      University Cincinnati
    • 1959 - 1962
      Instructor, philosophy Dartmouth College
      Hanover, Jamaica
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