Dr. Minerva San Juan

Professor Emerita of Philosophy

Phone: 202-884-


  • B.A., Philosophy, Marymount College
  • Ph.D., Philosophy, Georgetown University


  • Meta-Ethics (the relation between morality and the structure of human agency)
  • Biomedical issues around the beginning and the end of life (in particular the use of life-sustaining treatments in distinction to medical treatment)
  • The politics of distributive justice


  • Bioethics consultant for RadioAmerica
  • Co-director Roman Catholic Initiation for Adults, Georgetown University
  • Ethics Committee consultant Town of Brentwood, MD


Pedagogy is the art of constructing knowledge in the context of a conversation with one's colleagues and one's students. Excellence in teaching demands depth of knowledge in my discipline, a passion for exploring the concepts and issues that the discipline is most effective in clarifying, a good ear for what my students are understanding, and a trunkful of examples and connections that I can articulate in a manner that will help engage the students. Teaching also requires intellectual integrity and a committed resistance to trivializing the material or the discipline.