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Don Postema

Job Title

  • Professor of Philosophy
    Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences

Started at Bethel



  • Wheaton College - B.A., 1969
  • Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary - M.T.S., 1971
  • Columbia University - M.Phil., 1977
  • Columbia University - Ph.D., 1989

Areas of expertise

Don Postema is active in healthcare ethics in a variety of professional communities. His interests include aesthetics, bioethics, healthcare ethics, 19th-20th century history of philosophy, and film studies.


Dr. Postema is currently the Program Director of Medical Bioethics for the HealthPartners organization. He is Chair of the HealthPartners Ethics Committee; Ethics Consultant at Regions Hospital; and Ethicist-in-Residence at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. He is an Affiliate Faculty Member at the Center for Bioethics, University of Minnesota. He is a member of the Institutional Review Boards at the National Marrow Donor Program and HealthPartners Institute, and is the Community Member of the 3M Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. He founded and facilitated Bethel’s Film Forum.