Sorin Baiasu, Keele University
Sorin is Reader in Philosophy at Keele University (UK) and Guest Research Professor at the University of Vienna (Austria), as part of the ERC Advanced Project “Distortions of Normativity”. He has published one monograph, two edited collections, three journal special issues, and many articles and chapters. Three other edited collections are under contract. His research focuses mainly on the history of ethics (in particular Kant) and analytic political philosophy (particularly, debates on justice and desert). He is currently completing a monograph on A Desert-based Egalitarian Theory of Justice, which draws on articles he published in the Journal of Political Philosophy and Contemporary Political Theory. He is also Principal Investigator for a Marie Curie Intra-European Project with the title “A Kantian Approach to Current Tensions between Legal Obligations and Religious Commitments.”
Dr Robert Bell, University of Calgary
Dr Bell is a consultant Neurologist at the University of Calgary, and his sub-specialty training is in the field of Neuroimmunology and Neurogenetics. During his sabbatical leave in Oxford he will be pursuing studies in Neuroethics. He was trained in Medicine at the University of Alberta and subsequently qualified in Internal Medicine and Neurology at the University of Calgary. Robert undertook further Fellowship training in Neuroimmunology at Stanford University eventually returning to Calgary to an academic practise as a clinician scientist and consultant neurologist. He is a professor in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences a member of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute at the University of Calgary as well as being cross appointed to the Institute of Infection, Inflammation and Immunity. Robert remains active in the training of Neurology residents and graduate students in Immunology and he is part of a translational research program related to the development of new therapies for Multiple sclerosis.
Pieter Bonte, Ghent University
Pieter Bonte (MA Phil, LLB) works as a doctoral researcher at the Bioethics Institute Ghent (BIG, Ghent University) on the (im)possibility of dignified self-change via biotechnology and selection or manipulation of one’s offspring. Focusing on the dimension of the human enhancement enterprise as an expansion of practical personal liberties (and concomitant responsibilities), he is exploring the validity of an existentialist understanding of the human enhancement enterprise as a ‘condemnation to be free’. As such, the enhancement enterprise may not at all be a ‘dehumanizing’ and ‘alienating’ enterprise as some critics advance, but on the contrary an enterprise that confronts us with the authentic human condition, making ‘existence precede essence’ in a practical, acute way. He was co-editor of the Springer volume Athletic Enhancement, Human Nature and Ethics and has written on topics ranging from doping over chemical castration to preconception care. Following his stay at the Uehiro Center Pieter will visit the Hastings Center and the Interdisciplinary Center on Bioethics at Yale and he is set to finish his PhD in the Summer of 2014.
Heather Bradshaw-Martin, University of Bristol
Heather’s PhD (University of Bristol) work on enhancement and disability developed the concept of morphological freedom to include morphological disenfranchisement. She is interested in subjective theories of well-being and epistemic issues arising from the use of qualitative, and other interdisciplinary research methods, in philosophy, especially in ethics. Her main research interests lie in the generalisation of ethical theories beyond human nature and their appropriateness for guiding the design of organisms and their ethical and cooperative systems. Heather’s original training is in engineering and she also has interests in philosophy of science, especially philosophy of physics, and in engineering ethics, especially robotics. Heather has been associated with the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics in various capacities since 2004.
Dr Olga Campos, University of Granada
Olga Campos is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Moral Philosophy Department at the University of Granada (Spain). Her research interests are the ethics implications of medical developments for human and non-human animals enhancement, in particular, and the animals rights debate, in general. Currently Olga is working on about if we have a moral obligation to improve the opportunities for welfare in non-human animals (should we use possible advances in biomedicine to enhance their lives quality?). She obtained a European PhD in Philosophy in 2011.
David Coady, University of Tasmania
David Coady is a senior lecturer in philosophy at the University of Tasmania, Australia. He has published on a wide variety of topics in applied philosophy. Much of his work is in the area of applied epistemology. This includes work on expertise, conspiracy theories, rumour, Wikipedia, the blogosphere, and the epistemology of democracy. He has also published on metaphysics, philosophy of law, police ethics, the ethics of horror films, and the ethics of cricket. He is the editor of Conspiracy Theories: The Philosophical Debate (2006), the author of What To Believe Now: Applying Epistemology to Contemporary Issues (2012), and co‐author of The Climate Change Debate: An Epistemic and Ethical Enquiry (2013).
Natalie Colaneri received her Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences from Dartmouth College in 2012. She has a strong interest in drug use and addiction, and is currently working on a research project at the Uehiro Centre studying the ethics of pharmacological cognitive enhancement in higher education. Natalie has previously interned for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and has pursued research on ADHD stimulant diversion with a developmental-behavioral pediatrician at Cohen Children’s Medical Center of NY. Natalie hopes to become an addiction psychiatrist one day while continuing to study the future implications of drug use for cognitive enhancement.
Moheb Costandi trained as a developmental and molecular neurobiologist and now works as a freelance writer specialising in neuroscience. His work has appeared in Nature, New Scientist, Science, and Scientific American, among other publications, and he also writes the long-standing and highly regarded Neurophilosophy blog, hosted by The Guardian. Costandi is the author of 50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know, published by Quercus in 2013, and his second book, Neuroplasticity, is due to be published in 2016 by MIT Press. He has written extensively about neuroethics, and has served on the board of directors of the International Neuroethics Society since March 2014. As a visiting scholar at the Uehiro Centre, he is researching and writing about the ethics of voluntary amputation.
Ben Curtis is a Research Fellow working on the Wellcome-Trust funded project 'Neurointerventions in Crime Prevention: An Ethical Analysis'. He obtained his BA and MPhil in philosophy at the University of Birmingham before completing his PhD at the University of Nottingham in 2008. Ben has published widely and has publications in ethics, metaphysics, aesthetics, the philosophy of language, politics, and the philosophy of mind. Ben is also a lecturer in philosophy at Nottingham Trent University.
Darlei Dall'Agnol (February 2015 - January 2016)
Darlei Dall'Agnol is Professor of Ethics at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brasil. He completed his PhD at the Bristol University, UK (2001), on the concept of intrinsic value. He has published several articles and books on ethics including two on bioethics. Currently, he is researcher of the CNPq (National Counsel for Scientific and Technological Development) working on the project "Care & Respect: rethinking the metaethical and normative basis of bioethics"
Professor Marcelo de Araujo, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro Olga Campos
Marcelo is professor for Ethics at Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, and professor for Philosophy of Law at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Konstanz University (Germany) with a thesis on Rene Descartes in 2002. Marcelo is particularly interested in the tradition of the social contract both as a political and as moral theory. In 2007-2008 he was granted a one-year scholarship by the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation in order to pursue a research on the concept of moral dispositions in the context of moral contractarianism at Konstanz University. Marcelo also has an interest in international relations theory. He is currently working on a paper on the relationship between political realism and the prospect of using moral enhancement in order to deal with major threats to mankind in the future.
Dr Helen de Cruz, University of Leuven, Belgium
Helen de Cruz is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Research Foundation Flanders, University of Leuven, and a Templeton Fellow at the University of Oxford. She completed her PhD thesis on the philosophy of mathematics in 2007. Her current interests include philosophy of cognitive science and philosophy of religion. For the Templeton Fellowship, she investigates the cognitive basis of intuitions in natural theology.
Dr Johan de Smedt, Ghent University, Belgium
Johan de Smedt is a Research Fellow at Ghent University. His PhD thesis entitled "Common Minds, Uncommon Thoughts: A philosophical anthropological investigation of uniquely human creative behaviour", with an emphasis on artistic ability, religious reflection, and scientific study, was defended in 2011. He works on the implications of cognitive science of religion for philosophy of religion, and on the cognitive basis of scientific practice.
Mirjam de Vos, Academic Medical Centre of Amsterdam (October 2014)
Mirjam de Vos is a researcher in the field of medical ethics and medical communication. She studied Orthopedagogiek (Child Psychology and Education) at the Leiden University. She works in the Academic Medical Centre (AMC) of Amsterdam. There she combines her research with working as an ethical consultant for the Department of Paediatrics and being chairman of the Paediatric Ethics Committee. Besides her work in the AMC she is senior consultant for the Centre of Consultancy and Expertise (CCE). This centre, funded by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, provides exceptional care to individuals with disabilities whose quality of life is in danger or is becoming seriously compromised. Mirjam’s current research focuses on end-of-life decision-making, involvement of children and parents in medical decisions and conflict prevention and resolution.
Antonio Diéguez is professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of Málaga, Spain. Currently, he is the first elected president of the Sociedad Iberoamericana de Filosofía de la Biología (AIFIBI). His first main research interest was the contemporary debate about scientific realism. On this issue he published a book and several papers. In these works he defended a moderate scientific realism. He has also published several papers and two books as a co-author on the difficulties to get control of our modern technology. He has extended his research interests to the field of Philosophy of Biology, working especially on the evolutionary explanation of the mind and its philosophical consequences. He has published a book on this topic (La evolución del conocimiento: De la mente animal a la mente humana, 2011). He is also the author of a handbook of philosophy of biology titled La vida bajo escrutinio. Una introducción a la filosofía de la biología (2012) and a handbook of philosophy of science titled Filosofía de la ciencia (2005).
Carter J Dillard (Trinity 2016)
Carter is founder and chair of HavingKids.org, an organization that promotes smaller families working together to plan for and invest more in each child. He is also Director of Litigation for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and previously served as an Honors Program appointee to the U.S. Department of Justice, and legal adviser to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He has taught on the faculties or held appointments at Lewis and Clark Law School, Emory University School of Law, and Loyola University New Orleans, College of Law.
Ned Dobos, University of New South Wales
Ned Dobos is lecturer in ethics at the University of New South Wales, Australia, and an adjunct research fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics. His research specialisation is in the ethics of war and political violence, with particular interests in armed humanitarian intervention, pacifism, and the moral character of military service. Ned is the author of Insurrection and Intervention: the Two Faces of Sovereignty (Cambridge University Press 2012), and The New Pacifism: Just War in the Real World (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). Ned also works on business ethics and corporate social responsibility. He recently co-edited Global Financial Crisis: the Ethical Issues with Thomas Pogge and Christian Barry. Ned is currently a visiting scholar at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics.
Martin Dresler, The Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Munich
Dr Martin Dresler is an academic visitor to both the FHI and the Uehiro Centre. Martin is working in a neuroenhancement project funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. He has a background in Psychology, Philosophy and Mathematics, and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich. Besides the neuroscience of sleep and dreaming, his research concentrates on ways of improving memory capacity.
Albert Duran (Hilary 2016)
Albert Barqué-Duran is a PhD researcher in Cognitive Science at the Department of Psychology at City University London thanks to a fellowship from the U.S. government. His research focuses on Judgment, Decision Making, Moral Psychology, Behavioural Ethics and Computational/Mathematical Modelling in Cognitive Science. Albert also has a M.S. in Brain, Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences from the Universitat de Barcelona and a BA in Economics from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. He’s worked as a Teacher’s Assistant and Research Assistant in Decision Making and Behavioral Sciences. The other side of Albert is an artist. He translates scientific concepts into surrealist paintings. He explains science through art and proposes a reinterpretation-actualisation of the surrealist movement through the contemporary knowledge about the human mind.