The Catholic University of America

Paul Scherz, Ph.D. 
– Assistant Professor of Moral Theology/Ethics



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. He examines how the daily use of biomedical technologies shapes the way researchers, doctors, and patients see and manipulate the world and their bodies. Drawing on Michel Foucault’s recovery of Stoic practices of care of the self, he sees Christian meditative and ascetic techniques as an important response to the effects of contemporary technology on individual subjectivity. His scholarly interests also include Stoicism’s more general influences on Christian ethics, and on the role of risk in contemporary society and ethics.



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Contact Information

Phone: 202-319-6507
Fax: 202-319-5704

Areas of Expertise

  • Bioethics

  • Ethics and Practice

  • Michel Focault's Ethics

  • Religion and Science

  • Technology Ethics

  • Virtue ethics, focusing on Stoicism

Latest Publications

 Scherz, P. (2015) Legal Suppression of Scientific Data and the Christian Virtue of Parrhesia. Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 35(2): 175-92.

Scherz, P. (2015) Knowledge and the Scientist-Entrepreneur. Pro Ecclesia24: 308-25


TRS 632D Biomedical Ethics



Course Descriptions


Curriculum Vitae