Faculty & staff

Becky Cox-White, Professor
(Ph.D. Rice University)

Becky Cox-White, R.N., Ph.D., is a Professor of Philosophy and the Bioethics Project Director at the Center for Applied and Professional Ethics (CAPE), California State University, Chico, CA. She specializes in Ethical Theory and Biomedical Ethics, areas that first engaged her interest when she was working as a critical care nurse. She received her nursing diploma from Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital School of Nursing (Hastings, Nebraska); her BA in Philosophy (cum laude) from Texas A&M University (College Station, TX); and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from Rice University (Houston, TX). In addition to her books, Competence to Consent, published in 1994 by Georgetown University Press, and Moral Dilemmas in Community Health Care: Cases and Commentaries, published in 2005 by Longman Publishers, Ms. White has published in the areas of informed consent, the role of professional integrity in health care allocation, aid-in-dying, and moral decision making. Her current research interests include the role of emotions in health care decision making and teaching ethics. Ms. White teaches courses in Biomedical Ethics, Classical and Contemporary Moral Theory, and Social Ethics. She is one of the faculty advisors for the CSU, Chico student Ethics Bowl team. Her personal philosophy (with apologies to Socrates) is: While the unexamined life is not worth living, the examined life is no picnic.

Selected publications:

  • Ethics in Action: A Case-based Approach, with P. Connolly, D. Keller, and M. Leever. Blackwell, 2009
  • Moral Dilemmas in Community Health Care: Cases and Commentaries, with J. A. Zimbelman. Pearson/Longman, 2005
  • Competence to Consent. Georgetown University Press, 1994
  • "Cloning and Personal Identity in Multiplicity", with T. Jollimore, in S. Shapshay (ed), Bioethics in the Movies, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008
  • "Redefining Disability: Impracticable, Maleficent, Unjust and Inconsistent", with S. F. Boxall, Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 33 (2008), pp.1-19
  • "Whose Life Is It Anyway?", Teaching Ethics 7 (2006), pp.119-127

Curriculum Vitae