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Aníbal Monasterio Astobiza

Aníbal Monasterio AstobizaAníbal Monasterio Astobiza is a Basque Government Posdoctoral Researcher. His research lies at the intersection of the cognitive, biological and social sciences exploring their philosophical underpinnings.During his stay at Oxford-Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics he will conduct research on social cognition (morality as social intelligence) and on the ethics of moral bioenhancement technologies (Artificial Intelligence applied to enhance moral decision making). He is a member of the group Kontuz! “Causal responsibility by omission: An ethical and legal elucidation of the problems of undue inaction” ( ) and the following research projects: (FFI2015-67569- C2-2- P) and (FFI2016-79000- P). Anibal graduated in Philosophy (Universidad de Deusto) before completing a MA in Social Psychology, and obtained his PhD in Cognitive Science and Humanities at the Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea with a dissertation on social cognition.

Rosana Triviño

Rosana Trivino Caballero Rosana Triviño is an Associate Professor at the Department of Philosophy of Law, University of Coruña, Spain. She received her PhD from University of Salamanca with a thesis on conscientious objection in healthcare. Her research areas are related to Moral Philosophy and Applied Ethics. More specifically, she is interested on moral conscience and its role in behaviour choices, conscientious objection, women’s sexual and reproductive rights, and access to healthcare for migrant people. Currently, she is member of two research projects: “Causal responsibility by omission: An ethical and legal elucidation of the problems of undue inaction” ( ) and “The discourse of bio-rights. Philosophical and legal foundations, features and implementation”, funded by  the Spanish Ministery of Economy and Competitiveness.

Alexandra Couto

Alexandra Couto

Alexandra Couto is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature, Oslo University. She holds a MPhil and a DPhil in Political Theory from Oxford University. Her recent research focuses on the three following topics: the role of responsibility in luck egalitarianism, the conditions for the justifiability of interpersonal forgiveness and issues relating to the Beneficiary Principle, a principle according to which we might accrue remedial duties by benefitting (innocently) from injustices. Her recently published book Liberal Perfectionism: The Reasons that Goodness Gives defends a minimal form of liberal perfectionism.

Richard Hull

richard_hull_for_websiteRichard Hull is a Lecturer in Philosophy at the National University of Ireland, Galway, Republic of Ireland. He obtained the B.Phil in Philosophy at the University of Oxford and completed his Ph.D as a teaching assistant at Keele University. He is the author of Deprivation and Freedom (2007) and has published on a number of topics including freedom, disability, genetic technologies, parental responsibility and agent intention. His current work concerns the relations between genetic technologies and social justice. He is a Director of the Centre of Bioethical Research and Analysis (COBRA), which he launched as Ireland’s first bioethics centre in 2001. He served two terms on the Irish Council for Bioethics and is currently a member of the Irish Government’s National Advisory Committee on Bioethics. He teaches in the areas of ethics, biomedical ethics, political theory and applied philosophy.

Arnon Keren

arnon-2016-7Arnon Keren is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Philosophy, University of Haifa, and the co-chair of the Psyphas BA Honors Program in Philosophy and Psychology. He received his Ph.D from Columbia University, with a thesis on scientific testimony and epistemic authority. His research interests are in epistemology, especially social epistemology, in philosophy of science and in ethics. He has particular interest in testimonial knowledge, epistemic trust, informed consent, and the relations between science and democracy. He is currently pursuing a research project on the epistemological, ethical and political significance of knowledge-inequalities.

Blanca Rodriguez López

Blanca Rodriguez LopezBlanca Rodríguez López is associate professor of moral and political philosophy at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.  At the beginning of her career she worked on utilitarianism, rational choice theory and Game theory. Later she worked on liberalism and social norms and in the last few years she has focused on bioethics and human enhancement.  Her work is currently focused on moral enhancement, and its relation with cognitive and mood enhancement.

Emilian Mihailov, University of Bucharest

Emilian MihailovEmilian Mihailov is the Executive Director of the Research Centre in Applied Ethics (CCEA), Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, and a postdoctoral fellow at the Romanian Academy, Iasi Branch. Emilian’s research interests are Kant’s moral philosophy, analytic moral philosophy, applied ethics, evolution of morality, neuroethics, Wittgenstein’s philosophy. Recent publications include Intuitive methods of moral decision making, a philosophical plea, in Valentin Muresan, Shunzo Majima (eds.), "Applied Ethics: Perspectives from Romania", Center for Applied Ethics and Philosophy, Hokkaido University, 2013 and The Normativity of Kant’s Formula of the Law of Nature, "The Romanian Journal of Analytic Philosophy", Vol. VII, No. 2, 2013.

Anne Schwenkenbecher 

Anne SchwenkenbecherAnne is a Lecturer in Philosophy in the School of Arts and Academic Chair of the Philosophy Program at Murdoch University in Western Australia. Before joining Murdoch in June 2013, she held appointments at The University of Melbourne, the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE) at Australian National University, the University of Vienna, and Potsdam University. Her PhD in Philosophy (2009) is from Humboldt University of Berlin.
Anne works in moral and political philosophy, but also applied ethics and social ontology on a wide range of topics such as collective action and responsibility, political violence, in particular terrorism, as well as climate change and renewable energies.
Her current projects include a book on Collective Moral Obligations (to be completed in 2017). In this book, she develops a novel theory of collective moral obligations: obligations of individual moral agents to act together with others. In doing so, this book fills a non-trivial gap in moral theory. Traditionally, ethics has focused on examining the morality of discrete individuals’ actions, but does not shed much light on situations in which we act or need to act together with others. However, in today’s world individually inconsequential actions can increasingly form part of morally significant collective actions. Our economic, political, private decisions may – taken together with many other similar actions – have substantial impacts on other people’s lives. Instead of just asking “what ought I to do?” we must also answer the question “what ought we to do”?.

Pedro Jesús Teruel  

Pedro Jesus TeruelPedro is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Philosophy in the University of València. He obtained his PhD, with extraordinary award, with a Thesis about the mind-body problem in the works of Immanuel Kant and specialised further in Neuroscience and Neurophilosophy. On this issue he has published papers, in different languages, in journals like Kant-Studien and books like Mind, Brain and Anthropology in Kant (2008). Other topics of his research are the post-Kantian German thought and the relationship between science and philosophy, like in his book Philosophy and Science in Hypatia (2011). His current research lies at the intersection of the philosophical anthropology, the theory of knowledge and the neurophilosophy. Pedro Jesús is editor-in-chief of the international journal Revista de Estudios Kantianos. He teaches in the area of trends in contemporary philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy and Education Sciences of the University of València. Contact:

 Constantin Vicã

Constantin VicaConstantin Vicã, Ph.D., is teaching assistant at the Faculty of Philosophy, researcher at the Research Centre in Applied Ethics, University of Bucharest, and postdoctoral fellow at the Romanian Academy, Iasi Branch. His main fields of interest are computer and information ethics, roboethics, philosophy of computer science, social and political philosophy, and the critique of intellectual property. He published several articles and studies on online trust, web search engines ethics, digital dialectics, pirate politics, morality of sex acts with robots, evolution of programming languages, green technologies and patents, and free software, authorship and intellectual property; he also co-edited Filosofia științelor umane. In memoriam Mihail Radu Solcan (Philosophy of Human Sciences. In memoriam Mihail Radu Solcan) (2015, University of Bucharest Press). He is now writing on informational justice in the digital world, and also tries to set an argument in favour of artificial companions as a cure for loneliness in senior’s lives.

James Williams, Oxford Internet Institute

Brunello StancioliJames Williams is a doctoral student at the Oxford Internet Institute and Balliol College studying the ethical design of persuasive technologies (i.e. technologies that are aimed at changing the behaviors or attitudes of users). For the past six years he has worked at Google, most recently as Global Search Lead, where he received the Founders’ Award (the company’s highest honor) for his work on Google’s search advertising systems. His interests include human-centered technology design, the psychology of goals and intentions, emerging technologies such as augmented reality and 3D printing, uses of technology to enhance life measurement/optimization, experimental philosophy, and games. A native of Texas, James studied English Literature and Classics as an undergrad and later earned a Master’s in Human-Centered Design and Engineering from the University of Washington.