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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.

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.

Douglas McConnell


Doug McConnell is a post-doctoral research fellow working on the Australian Research Council Discovery Project, ‘Conscience and conscientious objection in healthcare,’ at Charles Sturt University in Australia. His research interests include moral psychology, bioethics, and applied philosophy, particularly in relation to addiction. His recent work, ‘Narrative self-constitution and recovery from addiction’ in American Philosophical Quarterly, investigates the effect of self-conceptual content and structure on self-governance.

Andrew McGee

andrew_mcgee_websiteAndrew is senior lecturer in law at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, and is a member of QUT’s Australian Centre for Health Law Research. He obtained a PhD in philosophy from the University of Essex in 2001, before taking up a one year postdoctoral fellowship in philosophy at University College Dublin. He then retrained in law in Queensland, being admitted to practice as a lawyer to the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia in 2006. After working as a lawyer for 4 years, Andrew returned to Academia with QUT in 2010. His main research interests are:
•    end-of-life decision making including euthanasia, assisted suicide, and withdrawing life-prolonging measures (LPM), and differences between withholding and withdrawing LPM;
•    conceptual and moral differences between acts and omissions;
•    utilitarian versus deontological approaches to health care;
•    the ethics of embryonic stem cell research and conceptual issues concerning the relationship between embryonic stem cells, induced pluripotent cells and somatic cells;
•    the ethics of abortion and infanticide;
•    the ethics of human enhancement, including gene editing and designer babies;
•    organ donation and the definition of death.

Andrew has published widely on many of these issues in international bioethics, philosophy and law journals.

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.

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”?.

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.