H. Tristram Engelhardt

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Professor Hugo Tristram Engelhardt, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., was born in Texas in 1941. Upon his conversion to Orthodoxy, he took the name Herman, after Herman of Alaska. Holding doctorates in medicine (Tulane University, 1972) and philosophy (University of Texas, 1969), his principal research was in the area of bioethics. His major contribution to Orthodox ethics is his book, The Foundations of Christian Bioethics. He was Professor of Philosophy at Rice University and Professor of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, both in Houston, Texas. He fell asleep in the Lord on June 21, 2018.


  • After God: Morality & Bioethics in a Secular Age. Crestwood: St Vladimir's Seminary Press, 2017. (ISBN 0881414999)
  • The Foundations of Christian Bioethics. Lisse: Swets & Zeitlinger, 2000. (ISBN 902651557X)
  • The Foundations of Bioethics, 2nd edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996. (ISBN 0195057368)
  • Bioethics and Secular Humanism: The Search for a Common Morality. Trinity Press, 1991. (ISBN 1563380005)
  • Mind-Body: A Categorical Relation. Nijhoff: Springer, 1973. (ISBN 9024715504)


A number of video presentations are available from the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture:

  • Healthcare Reform (with Charles Dougherty)
  • Civic Virtue and Public Discourse: Pursuing the Good in a Postmodern Age
  • After Christendom: The Moralization of Religion and the Culture of Death
  • Hegel, Nietzsche, Vattimo, and John Rawls: Religious Discussion in the Public Forum after the Death of God

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