Michael Roess, ABD
Post Doctoral Fellow

e-mail: Michael.Roess@stonybrook.edu

Michael Roess is a post doctoral fellow at the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics. He earned his PhD at the Philosophy Department at Stony Brook University.

His dissertation provides a critique of the legitimacy of public reason liberalism in addition to a prudential argument for abandoning the project. In its place he suggests adopting a notion of legitimacy grounded in the Lefort’s symbolic “empty place of power” and an open and more agonistic model of democratic politics.

While working on this project, he helped organize a conference with Eva Kittay and Licia Carlson on cogitative disabilities and the challenge they pose to traditional frameworks of moral inquiry. From this encounter he became interested in bioethics, and began working as a research assistant at the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics. His current research interests focus on conflicts that arise in the medical context within families and between families and the health care system that involve technologically aided or supported life.