Johanna Ahola-Launonen, University of Helsinki (visiting May 2014)
Johanna is a doctoral student in Social and Moral Philosophy at the University of Helsinki, Finland. She has a M.Soc.Sci in social and moral philosophy and a B.Sci in genetics. Her area of research is the conceptions of personal responsibility for health and well-being in bioethics. Her areas of interest include political philosophy, philosophical bioethics, distributive justice, and social determinants of health.
Andreas is a Ph.D. student in philosophy at the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication and the Centre for Synthetic Biology at the University of Copenhagen. He holds a BA and an MA in philosophy and a BA in political science, all from the University of Copenhagen. His Ph.D. dissertation concerns ethical issues in synthetic biology. His main research interests are in metaethics, normative ethics and politcial philosophy, and their relations.
Lucius Caviola, University of Basel
Lucius is studying cognitive psychology at the University of Basel, Switzerland. His research interests focus on questions at the intersection of psychology, ethics and rationality. They include questions such as the following: "What are people’s moral goals and to what extent do they decide accordingly?" By combining research on heuristics and biases with moral psychology, he aims to identify irrational patterns in moral decision-making and examine the underlying cognitive mechanisms involved in moral reasoning.
Jennifer is a medical student at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine within the Scholarly Excellence Leadership Experiences Collaborative Training (SELECT) program. She is also pursuing a master’s degree in Bioethics and Humanities. Jennifer graduated from the Honors College at the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science in Bioethics in Cross-Cultural Perspectives. In her Honors thesis, she analyzed the ethical implications of disclosing Gray-Zone Fragile-X Syndrome results to pregnant women. She was an editor of the International Bioethics Casebooks produced by the bioethics division of UNESCO and is currently a theme issue editor for the American Medical Association’s online ethics journal. In England, Jennifer is partnering with members of the Oxford and University of Warwick faculties to draft a workbook on values-based practice for the use of medical students.
Hossein Dabbagh, University of Reading
Hossein Dabbagh is a PhD Philosophy candidate at the University of Reading, UK. Hossein is a Recognized Student at the University of Oxford for Hilary and Trinity terms 2013, based at the Uehiro Centre where Dr Regina Rini is his Academic Advisor for this period. His thesis is on the epistemology of moral intuitions and empirical moral psychology (currently investigating the views of Sinnott-Armstrong, Green, Knob, Doris and Stich) and he is also working on Moral Reasons, Normativity, and Meta-Ethics more generally. In his first and second years of doctoral study, Hossein explored intuitionism under the supervision of Professors Philip Stratton-Lake and Brad Hooker.
Alina Coman is a PhD student at the University of Oslo, Faculty of Medicine. Her PhD thesis : "Social and ethical dimensions of fMRI: Anorexia Nervosa as a case study" explores the implications of a neuroscientific model of Anorexia Nervosa for patient's understanding of the disorder, for therapy and also for society at large.
Lauren de Lacerda Nunes, Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil
Lauren de Lacerda Nunes is a Ph.D student at Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil. She is also Professor full time at the Federal University of Pampa, Brazil. She defended her dissertation “Moral Conflicts and Moral Dilemmas: a problematization as of the moral theory of I. Kant” at the Federal University of Santa Maria in 2010. Lauren works primarily with moral dilemmas considering his applied, historic and metaethical aspects. At the moment she is considering the role of emotion in the analysis of moral dilemmas, through moral psychology and applied ethics. She has published in Brazilian journals on these topics and other topics of Applied Ethics, as: biomedical ethics, the objectivity/relativity of values, principialism, moral dilemmas and ethical consistency in rationalist moral systems and animal ethics. She also coordinates an extension project about ethics in a school of a suburb of the city of São Borja, called “pictures of quotidian: the ethical reflection and the photography”. The main purpose of that project is to make the students develop the ethical reflection through the photography, and give them the opportunity to show their reality by the pictures.
Nicolas Delon (University of Picardie Jules Verne)
Nicolas is a PhD candidate in philosophy at the University of Picardie Jules Verne in Amiens and member of the research center CURAPP within the University. He graduated in Philosophy from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and the Sorbonne University (Paris-1) (and also spent some time studying legal history). Nicolas' research interests include ethics (normative, meta-, and applied), especially animal ethics, which is the topic of his dissertation. He's investigating the (not-so-straigthforward) connections between natural sciences and the moral status of animals, and assessing the merits of a contextual and relational approach to the latter that would still meet impartial requirements. Nicolas is fortunate to spend some time visiting at Oxford in March 2012, on a one-month scholarship from the Maison Française d'Oxford. Nicolas has recently published "Handicap et animaux", in S. Laugier (ed.), Tous vulnérables? Le care, les animaux et l'environnement, Paris, Payot, 2012.
Catia Faria, Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona)
Catia Faria is a PhD candidate at Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona) and a researcher at CEHUM (Portugal). She has a BA in Philosophy (University of Porto) and an MA in Cognitive Sciences (University of Barcelona). Her main research interest lies in practical ethics, in particular animal ethics. She is currently writing her thesis on the ethics of intervention in nature. More specifically, she discusses the reasons we may have to prevent or alleviate harmful states of affairs for animals living in the wild caused by natural events. Moreover, she is interested in how principles of equality and priority apply to nonhuman animals and what this entails regarding our reasons to improve their well-being.
Lisa Forsberg is a PhD student at the Centre of Medical Law and Ethics, King’s College London. Lisa holds undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Practical Philosophy from Stockholm University, and is a graduate of the MA in Medical Ethics and Law, King’s College London. She is also affiliated with the MIC Lab research group at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute, Sweden. Her PhD thesis concerns public interest restrictions of the freedom of individuals to consent to controversial medical procedures, focussing in particular on procedures where neurotechnology is used.
Toni Gibea (Michaelmas 2015)
Toni is a PhD student at University of Bucharest, Romania. He holds a BA and a MA degree in Applied Ethics and Moral Philosophy from University of Bucharest. He is a member of the Research Centre in Applied Ethics, University of Bucharest. His main interests are in experimental ethics, moral philosophy and David Hume’s moral philosophy.
Chris is a PhD student at the Australian National University (ANU). Before commencing his PhD he completed an MA in Applied Ethics and a BA/BSc - with his Honours thesis in Human Genetics. His PhD explores issues relating to human enhancement, population heterogeneity and evolution. Chris also works as a Corporate Ethics Analyst for the organisation ‘Corporate Analysis Enhanced Responsibility'.
Tobias Hainz is a PhD candidate in Philosophy at Heinrich-Heine-University in Duesseldorf, Germany and a member of the newly founded Graduate School on 'Ageing: Cultural Concepts and Practical Realisations'. He graduated from Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz, Germany, with a major in German Literature and minors in Philosophy and Sociology. In his master thesis, Tobias analysed the depiction of bioethical problems in Ridley Scott's classic movie 'Blade Runner'. Tobias' dissertation deals with the ethical evaluation of radical life extension, concentrating on a welfarist approach to this subject but also considering non-welfarist arguments, for example arguments from moral rights or from the inherent value of human nature (if any such value or any such nature exist at all). His research interests include ethics, especially applied ethics, but also some issues in metaphysics and social ontology that are related to theoretical ethics.
Rune Klingenberg (Trinity 2015)
Rune Klingenberg is a PhD Student at Roskilde University, Denmark. He holds a BA and an MA in History and Philosophy & Science Studies from Roskilde University. Rune has previously interned at the Danish Council of Ethics, and he is a member of the Danish Research Group for Criminal Justice Ethics. His research interests are moral and legal responsibility, criminal justice ethics, and neuroethics.
Serena Kini-Cramer (August 2016)
Serena Kini-Cramer is a 3rd year undergraduate studying Philosophy and History at the University of Chicago. She is the head of the undergraduate Women in Philosophy club, and is interested in seeing more women in the Philosophy department. Her concentrations in philosophy focus on metaethics and contemporary moral philosophy, and her concentrations in history focus on early modern Europe. She will be researching applied ethics under Dr Hannah Maslen.
Polaris Koi (Hilary 2017)
Polaris Koi is a doctoral student at the University of Turku, Finland. He studies the role of abilities in agency, with a focus on self-control and on cognitive abilities. His research interests include human enhancement, disabilities (esp. ADHD), neuroethics, and perfectionist ethics. He's currently also Junior Investigator in the Genetics and Human Agency research project.
Mathilde Lancelot (May 2017)
Mathilde Lancelot is a PhD student since November 2014 in philosophy of medicine at the Paris 7 Diderot University, France. Her thesis, entitled ‘Deep brain stimulation: practice of changing looks and knowledge’, supervised by Mrs Marie Gaille, focuses on Parkinson’s patients receptions, technological implications and ethical & social paradoxes of deep brain stimulation. It is a philosophy of medicine project centered on care practices and on the patient / physician relationship associated with it. Therefore, her research interests are philosophy of medicine; ethics; history and philosophy of techniques and technologies; medical anthropology and empirical ethics. Since 2015, she contributes to the French ANR research programme Norma Stim who studies the legal, philosophical and social issues of deep brain stimulation. Since January 2017, her project is supported by France Parkinson’s Association.
Daniel Nica is a Teaching Assistant at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, and postdoctoral researcher at The Romanian Academy. He is Doctor in Philosophy from the University of Bucharest, MA in Philosophy from the same university and holds two Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and, respectively, in Theology. He is a member of the Centre of Research in Applied Ethics, University of Bucharest and past visitor of Oxford Uehiro Centre of Practical Ethics. His research interests include moral philosophy (both in Analytic and Continental tradition), metaethics, metaphilosohy, Kant and late Witggenstein. At the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, Daniel Nica holds seminars in Ethical Theories, Introduction to Ethics and Greek Philosophy. He wrote several articles and studies, and two books in practical philosophy, both in Romanian: ETICÃ FÃRÃ PRINCIPII? Generalism ºi particularism în filosofia moralã (2013) (tr. ETHICS WITHOUT PRINCIPLES? Generalism and Particularism in Moral Philosophy), and PASTILA ROªIE. Eseu despre moralitate ºi fericire (2015) (tr. THE RED PILL. Essay on Morality and Happiness).
Lauren Notini, University of Melbourne
Lauren Notini is a final year PhD student at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She will be at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics from July 4-11, 2014 for a brief academic visit hosted by Associate Professor Dominic Wilkinson. Lauren’s PhD project investigates the ethical issues surrounding facial surgeries performed on children. As part of her project, Lauren conducted interviews with surgeons who perform these surgeries to investigate how they make decisions in this area. Prior to commencing her PhD, Lauren completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours) at the University of Melbourne, followed by a Master of Bioethics at Monash University. Lauren’s main research interests revolve around issues in paediatric bioethics, including children’s assent, parental authority, and shared decision making. Lauren also has a special interest in the ethics of medical interventions aimed at altering children for solely or primarily psychological and/or social reasons, including non-therapeutic male and female circumcision, plastic surgery in response to childhood bullying, and the prescription of Ritalin to hyperactive children.
Ilse Oosterlaken, Delft University of Technology
Ilse Oosterlaken is a PhD candidate at Delft University of Technology / 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology. She plans to defend her doctoral dissertation on the capability approach of Sen and Nussbaum & technology/design in August or September 2012. Her doctoral research has led to publications for several audiences, including designers, capability scholars and philosophers. With Jeroen van den Hoven she co-edited a volume titled The Capability Approach, Technology and Design, which is forthcoming with Springer in April this year. For more information, see www.ethicsandtechnology.eu/oosterlaken.
Renata Vanessa Paz Silva
Renata Paz is a PhD student in the Philosophy department at Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona co directed at UFSC: Florianopolis, Brazil and a researcher fellow in the group “Justicia y Democracia: hacia un nuevo modelo de Solidaridad” Ministry of Economy and Competitivity, Spain. Her thesis subject includes both theoretical and practical ethics, with a focus on Peter Singer and the obligation to assist the poor; the extent of our personal responsibilities, fighting against poverty and for future generations' aims. She also investigates the topic of Effective Altruism and the prioritization of causes. Her ongoing interest explores how food security could become food sovereignty using data from agroforestry, an alternative method of food production, while considering the system of industrial food production, and the effectiveness of the agroforestry system and its potential for food production on a large scale.
Fatima Sabir (Trinity 2015)
Fatima Sabir is a Ph.D. Fellow at the Department of Philosophy & Science Studies at Roskilde University, Denmark. She received her Master of Arts in Philosophy & Science Studies and Social Science in 2014. Previously Fatima worked for the Danish Ethical Council. Fatima’s research interests are within the fields of bioethics and neuroethics. Her Ph.D. project is concerned with the permissibility of moral bioenhancement.
Natalie Salmanowitz (May 2015)
Natalie Salmanowitz is a master’s student in the Bioethics and Science Policy program at Duke University. She graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 2014 with a BA in neuroscience. She is primarily interested in the intersection between neuroscience and the law, with a particular focus on negative implicit biases. Whilst visiting the Uehiro Centre, Natalie explored the ethics of using moral bioenhancement in the courtroom, the topic of her master's thesis.
Kimberly Schelle is a visiting student at the Centre for Neuroethics. She is completing a research master program in Behavioural Science at the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Kimberly’s final research project, both quantitative and qualitative in nature, explores the use of performance enhancing drugs. Together with her supervisor, Dr. Nadira Faulmueller, she has set up an experimental design to examine the motivations of students for the use of performance enhancing drugs. Further Kimberly has collected ratings of acceptableness on a variety of stories about the use of drugs in the case of treatment, prevention and enhancement. Her main interests lie in human enhancement and the interplay between humans and technology.
Max Harris Siegel, Princeton University (Trinity 2013)
Max is an advanced undergraduate in the Department of Philosophy at Princeton University. He has philosophical interest in metaethics, philosophy of action, and formal semantics. Max is currently writing a thesis on the supposed analogy between moral and mathematical truths. His recent publications and presentations include "Moral Dilemmas and the Principle of Alternate Possibilities," "Corporations, Moral Responsibility, and the Reactive Attitudes," and "Are Doxastic and Practical Responsibility Companions in Guilt?" At Princeton, Max has received the Class of 1883 Prize for Academic Freshmen and twice received the Spirit of '76 Undergraduate Fellowship. His research at the Uehiro Centre is supported, in part, by the Princeton University Center for Human Values.
Felix Schirmann (April 2012)
Felix Schirmann studied psychology in Berlin and Vienna with an emphasis on theory, methodology, and philosophy of psychology (Diploma, 2010). Generally , he is interested in the theory and history of neuroscience, medicine, and psychology. Felix pursues his PhD Thesis as part of an interdisciplinary research project (Cologne, Oxford, Groningen) on the history and sociology of brain-based moral psychology and the permeation of ideas from moral psychological research into other societal contexts (e.g. treating moral offenders with pharmaceuticals).
Anke Snoek, Macquarie University (October 2013)
Currently Anke Snoek is in the last year of her PhD on addiction, agency and moral identity at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. This is a multidisciplinary project under supervision of Professor Jeanette Kennett, which integrates theoretical and empirical approaches. She has conducted qualitative follow-up interviews with 69 opiate and alcohol dependent people, using a timeline to be able to distinguish different stages of addiction: when and why was the use beneficial or even enhancing, what caused the tipping point in which the effects of the substance was counterproductive, what steps did people take for recovery and what hindered the recovery? Anke is working on a typology of different ways in which people lose control: over their actions, over their live-plans and over their identity. Anke did a master in Humanistics at the University of Humanistics in Utrecht. This is a multi-disciplinairy human science study which looks at how we can create a just society and how people give meaning to their lives. She graduated at a combination of research and therapy. After her graduation she worked for 4 years at IVO, a research bureau on addiction and lifestyles. There Anke developed several evidence based national guidelines on the treatment of comorbidity of addiction and anxiety disorders, an approach to vulnerable youth and addiction, and a methodological protocol to develop evidence based guidelines for the treatment of addiction. Next to her work on addiction Anke published a book and several articles in continental philosophy, mainly on the work of Foucault, Agamben and Kafka.
Carl Tollef Solberg (Trinity 2016, November 2016, February 2017)
Carl Tollef Solberg is a PhD-candidate at the Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care, the University of Bergen and a member in the affiliate program of the Centre for the Study of Mind and Nature, University of Oslo. He holds a BA and MA in philosophy and an MD in medicine from the University of Bergen. His research focuses on the role of the disvalue of death for health metrics and prioritization in healthcare. Solberg is co-editor of a forthcoming anthology on this topic called Saving Lives from the Badness of Death. Other current research projects include personal identity, the levels of priority setting and suffering.
Christian Tarsney (February 2017)
Christian is a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland. He is writing his dissertation on rational choice under moral uncertainty, supervised by Professor Dan Moller. During his time at the Uehiro Centre he will be working on the penultimate chapter of the dissertation, which deals with the problem of intertheoretic value comparisons, argues for a stochastic dominance-based approach to moral uncertainty that avoids the challenges of rough comparability and "fanatical" moral theories, and applies this approach to various practical dilemmas involving our moral obligations to future generations. Christian's other areas of research include philosophy of time (especially the "temporal value asymmetry"), normative ethics (especially the ethics of climate change and comparison of infinite utilities), and various questions in political philosophy and decision theory.
Isabella Trifan (Trinity 2017)
Isabella is a PhD candidate at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, working on the ERC-funded project ‘Justice and the Family: An Analysis of the Normative Significance of Procreation and Parenthood in a Just Society’ (Grant Agreement Number: 648610, PI: Serena Olsaretti). Her research lies at the intersection between procreative ethics, population ethics, and distributive justice. During her stay at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics she will conduct research on the question of whether procreative motives matter for the permissibility of procreation. She will also explore the implications of responsibility-sensitive theories of justice for parental responsibility and vice versa. Who should bear parental responsibilities for particular children, and what their content should be, for instance, are questions which could be illuminated by bringing together considerations of distributive justice with those of procreative and parental ethics. Isabella holds two MA degrees in philosophy, one from the Central European University, Budapest, and one from the University of Bucharest.
Mélanie Trouessin (October 2015)
Mélanie Trouessin is a doctoral student in Philosophy at the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Lyon, France. Currently, she is working on a thesis entitled « Addiction as a pathology of will: rethink the weakness of will at the light of Cognitive Science ». In her thesis, she tries to overcome the ‘disease’ versus ‘choice’ model of addiction, trying to mix the analysis of action with the analysis of what is typically a disease. In the meantime, she’s teaching Neuroethics classes at the ENS of Lyon and philosophy of science classes at the University of Lyon 2. Her areas of interest include: neuro-enhancement, pathological gambling as well as other behavioural addictions, moral dilemmas and philosophy of medicine.
Sabrina Stewart (Michaelmas 2012)
Sabrina Stewart is an undergraduate at Dartmouth College studying Biology and Ethics. During her term at Oxford, she will be investigating the ethical implications of gene therapy. Sabrina has worked at The Dartmouth Centre for Health Care Delivery Science to develop Option Grids, decision aids designed to encourage shared decision making in a clinical setting. Her interests include the ethics of human enhancement, resource allocation, and consent.
Johannes Westreicher (February 2017)
Johannes is an undergraduate student of Philosophy at Innsbruck University, Austria. He holds a BSc degree in Architecture from the University of Innsbruck. His areas of interest are moral philosophy, political philosophy, epistemology and aesthetics. While visiting the Uehiro Centre he will focus on potential impacts of human enhancement to society, in particular, how such enhancements might alter fundamental principles of society.
Hazem Zohny (October 2015)
Hazem Zohny is a doctoral student at The University of Otago, New Zealand. His current research is on emerging neuroenhancement technologies and their implications for justice and policy. He holds a BA in philosophy and psychology from The University of Sydney, Australia, and an MSc (Science and Society) from The Open University, UK. His interests include enhancement, applied ethics, free will, and philosophy of mind.