Stephen Napier, Ph.D.


Dr. Stephen Napier is an associate professor of philosophy at Villanova University specializing in clinical bioethics, and epistemology (the study of knowledge). He has published two books, Virtue Epistemology: Motivation and Knowledge, and Uncertain Bioethics: Moral Risk and Human Dignity, as well as numerous peer-reviewed articles. He is working on a third manuscript tentatively titled, Justified Killing: Interests, Persons, and Epistemic Justification. He has been nominated for two teaching awards. In addition to his academic work, he has extensive clinical ethics experience having served both as a post-doctoral fellow at St. Thomas hospital and as a Human Protections Analyst at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. During his graduate work, he served as an Advocate. He received his doctorate in philosophy from Saint Louis University. He can be reached at