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Professor Janet Radcliffe Richards

Honorary Fellow and Uehiro Lecturer 2012

Janet Radcliffe Richards

Janet Radcliffe Richards is Professor of Practical Philosophy at the University of Oxford, and Distinguished Research Fellow at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. Formerly she was Lecturer in Philosophy at the Open University, and then Director of the Centre for Bioethics at the medical school at University College London. She is a philosopher who originally specialized in metaphysics and philosophy of science, but has now for many years concentrated on the practical applications of philosophy, and is the author of The Sceptical Feminist (1980) and Human Nature after Darwin (2000). Work for her latest book, The Ethics of Transplants: why careless thought costs lives (Oxford University Press, March 2012) originated many years ago in a short newspaper article of hers which was picked up by transplant surgeons, and since then she has been a frequent speaker at transplant conferences around the world. She delivered the Oxford Uehiro Lectures in Michaelmas term, November 2012 (details here).