Ashley Feinsinger, Ph.D.

A Short Biography:

Dr. Feinsinger is bioethics faculty in the David Geffen School of Medicine and the Department of Philosophy at UCLA. Her work focuses on issues at the intersection of ethics, language, and medicine. She received her PhD in Philosophy from UCLA, and has formal training in theoretical ethics, the nature of language and communication, philosophy of mind, and theoretical linguistics. Her current work at the David Geffen School of Medicine involves researching, teaching, and designing curricular materials about the nature of the physician-patient and investigator-participant relationship, medical communication, power and vulnerability in medicine, and the ethics of working with vulnerable populations. She is co-chair of the bioethics selective for first and second year medical students, ethics curriculum team member for Doctoring 1, and she has developed and currently teaches a two-course undergraudaute series in medical ethics in the department of philosophy. She also collaborates with the Department of Neurosurgery, researching the ethics of invasive non-therapeutic clinical neuroscience trials in humans. This current work, supported by the NIH-BRAIN Initiative, looks at the ethical complexities of altruism in motivating participants to enroll in these trials.

Work Titles
UCLA Adjunct Assistant Professor, Philosophy

Contact Information:

Work Address:

885 Tiverton Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024


A selected list of publications:

Feinsinger, A.   The Semantic Lexicon and Analyticity, UCLA Working Papers in Linguistics, Papers in Semantics, 2012; 16: 51-68.

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