Paul Scherz

Academic Area

  • Moral Theology/Ethics
  • School

  • School of Theology and Religious Studies
  • Expertise

  • Bioethics
  • Ethics and Practice
  • Michel Focault's Ethics
  • Religion and Science
  • Technology Ethics
  • Virtue ethics (focusing on Stoicism)
  • Biography

    Paul Scherz began his academic career researching the genetics of embryonic development. After
    completing a B.A. at U.C. Berkeley, a Ph.D. in Genetics at Harvard University, and a postdoctoral
    fellowship at UCSF, he decided to investigate the theological and ethical implications of biomedical
    research. He received an M.T.S. and a Ph.D. in Moral Theology from the University of Notre Dame.

    Dr. Scherz researches the moral theology of biotechnology and medical practice. He uses the work of
    Alasdair MacIntyre and Michel Foucault to examine how the daily use of biomedical technologies shapes
    the way researchers, doctors, and patients see and manipulate the world and their bodies. His scholarly
    interests also include Stoicism’s more general influences on Christian ethics, especially in the ars
    moriendi tradition and end-of- life ethics, and understandings of risk in contemporary society as they
    relate to emerging genetic technologies.

    Latest Publications

    Scherz, P. (2017) Grief, Death, and Longing in Stoic and Christian Ethics. Journal of Religious Ethics 45(1):
    7-28.

    Scherz, P. (2017) The Mechanism and Applications of CRISPR-Cas9 Gene Editing Technology. The
    National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 17(1): 29-36.

    Scherz, P. (2017) Fragments of the Body in Christian, Bioethical, and Social Imaginaries. Studies in
    Christian Ethics 30(4): 449-63.