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Department of Philosophy

Paul Menzel

Professor Emeritus and a Faculty Fellow

Paul Menzel
  • Professional
  • Personal


  • Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 1971
  • B.D., Yale University, 1967
  • B.A., College of Wooster, 1964

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Biomedical Ethics
  • Philosophy & Health Policy


  • Prevention vs. Treatment: What's the Right Balance? Co-edited with Halley S. Faust, (Oxford University Press, 2011) : View Book
  • Strong Medicine: The Ethical Rationing of Health Care, (Oxford University Press, 1990) : View Book
  • Medical Costs, Moral Choices: Philosophy of Health Care Economics in America, (Yale University Press, 1985) : View Book
  • Moral argument and the war in Vietnam;: A collection of essays, (Aurora Publishing Inc., 1971) : View Book


  • PLU Faculty Excellence Award for Service - 2005
  • PLU Faculty Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievements in Teaching, Scholarship, and Service - 1986


Taught philosophy at Pacific Lutheran University from 1971 to 2012, having been educated at Wooster, Yale, and Vanderbilt.  Teaching widely in philosophy and cross-disciplinary curricula, he has also published specialized scholarly work in health care ethics, including two books on moral questions in health care economics, numerous articles on health system structure and health care reform, and a recently co-edited volume (2012) on the tension between treatment and prevention in health policy.  Courses in the last decade of his teaching include Biomedical Ethics, Human Identity and Bioethics, Health and Social Justice, Business Ethics, Human Rights, and The Nature of Human Well-Being. He also served Pacific Lutheran University in various administrative positions, including Provost.  He retired to Professor Emeritus in summer 2012.