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Michael Nair-Collins PhD

Michael Nair-Collins PhD

Associate Professor
Main Campus


Dr. Nair-Collins is a philosopher with specializations in bioethics and the philosophy of mind. His research addresses ethical issues and public policies at the end of life, particularly brain death and disorders of consciousness, the just allocation of resources for profoundly neurologically injured patients, and medical futility. Additionally, he studies the philosophical foundations of cognitive science, particularly the nature and implementation of representation in biological systems. He provides on-call clinical ethics consultation services at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.

Most of his published papers are freely available at


Ethics Fellow, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, (2007-2010)
Ph.D. Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center (2009)
M.Phil. Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center (2007)
M.A. Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center (2007)
B.A. Philosophy with Concentration in Cognitive Science, William Paterson University (2004)


American Philosophical Association
American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
Society for Philosophy and Psychology
Florida Bioethics Network


Nair-Collins, M. (2015). Clinical and ethical perspectives on brain death. Medicolegal and Bioethics 5:69-80.

Nair-Collins, M. (2015). Taking science seriously in the debate on death and organ transplantation. Hastings Center Report 45:1-11. DOI: 10.1002/hast.459.

Nair-Collins, M. (2015). Laying futility to rest. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, 40(5):554-583.

Nair-Collins, M., Green, S. R., & Sutin, A. S. (2015). Abandoning the dead donor rule? A national survey of public views on death and organ donation. Journal of Medical Ethics 41(4):297-302.

Nair-Collins, M. & Gerend, M.A. (2015). Moral evaluations of organ transplantation affect judgments of death and causation, Neuroethics. 1-16. DOI:10.1007/s12152-015-9239-2

Nair-Collins, M., Northrup, J., & Olcese, J. (2014). Hypothalamic-pituitary function in brain death: A review. Journal of Intensive Care Medicine. Published online before print March 31, 2014, doi: 10.1177/0885066614527410

Nair-Collins, M. (2013). Brain death, paternalism, and the language of "death". Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 23(1):53-104.

Nair-Collins, M. (2012). Representation in biological systems: Teleofunction, etiology, and structural preservation, in Swan, L., ed., Origins of Mind, pp. 161-185. Springer.

Nair-Collins, M. & Hitt, J. (2012). Justice, profound neurological injury, and brain death, in Rhodes, R., Battin, M., & Silvers, A., eds., Medicine and Social Justice, volume 2, pp. 485-503. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Nair-Collins, M. (2010). Death, brain death, and the limits of science: Why the whole-brain concept of death is a flawed public policy. Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics 38(3):667-683.

Collins, M. (2010). Reevaluating the dead donor rule. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 35(2):154-179.

Collins, M. (2009). Consent for organ retrieval cannot be presumed. HEC Forum 21(1):71-106.

Gligorov, N., Newell, P., Altilio, J., Collins, M., Favia, A., Rosenberg, L., & Rhodes, R. (2009). Dilemmas in surgery: Medical ethics education in the surgery rotation. Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine 76(3):297-302.

Mandik, P., Collins, M., & Vereschagin, A. (2007). Evolving artificial minds and brains, in: Schalley, A., & Khlentzos, D., eds., Mental States, Volume 1: Nature, Function, Evolution. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishers.