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Ralph Baergen

Ralph Baergen

Professor of Philosophy; Chair, Human Subjects Committee

Office: LA 247



PhD, Philosophy (1990), Syracuse University

MPH (2008), Idaho State University

MA, Philosophy (1989), Syracuse University

BA, Religion (1983), University of Manitoba


Although my philosophical roots are in epistemology, over the last decade or so my interests have moved into medical ethics. Much of my work involves collaborating with people in other disciplines. For instance:


  • (2013) C. Owens, R. Baergen, D. Puckett, "Online Sources of Herbal Product Information" American Journal of Medicine. Forthcoming.
  • (2013) S. Lawyer, R. Baergen, B. Kuruvilla, "Ethical Conduct of Laboratory Experimental Research on Fear and Anxiety: Review and Recommendat ions." Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry vol. 15, no. 3. Forthcoming.
  • (2013) R Baergen, W Woodhouse "Surrogates and Extra-Familial Interests," centerpiece of a special section in The Journal of Clinical Ethics. Forthcoming.


Courses Taught


  • 6600: Ethics in Healthcare
  • 4460/5560: Theories of Knowledge
  • 2230: Medical Ethics
  • 1103: Introduction to Ethics
  • 1101: Introduction to Philosophy


Contact Us

(208) 282-2478

(208) 282-4472

Department of English and Philosophy

Liberal Arts Building 262


921 S 8th Ave, Stop 8056
Pocatello, ID 83209-8056