Practical Ethics provides a daily ethical analysis of the latest developments in science, technology and other current affairs.
Open Access Resources
The Centre is committed to raising awareness of ethical issues in the broader community and stimulating debate in the public arena. To this end, the resources listed on these pages are freely available to the public, and include journal articles , our Journal of Practical Ethics and online lectures (MP3 and MP4).
Current Visiting Academics and Visiting Students
Academic Visitor Programmes
Information on our Academic Visitor Programmes, including how to apply, can be found here.
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.
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.
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.
Carter J Dillard
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.
DR. PAUL HUTCHINS AM
is Senior Staff Physician to the Child Development Unit at The Children's Hospital, at Westmead, Sydney Australia. He is Senior Paediatric Consultant to The Children's Hospital Education Research Institute, which he helped establish. Born in Wales, he studied medicine at Oxford and London with wide experience in general and subspecialist children's medicine. His particular interests in clinical practice, teaching and research are in communication disorders and behavioural problems, particularly in language disorders, learning and attention deficits and autism. He has participated in many advisory bodies for professional practice and policy. He has lectured widely in Australia, Britain, Europe, Asia and South Africa with various professionals and parent support groups. He has contributed internationally to guidelines for ADHD management, including collaborative resources for schools. He has contributed to national and state bodies for autism. He is a member of the International Advisory Panel for UK Neurosciences and Special Education Forum. Paul will explore the ethical perspectives of achieving comprehensive collaborative evidence-based management in developmental disorders and particularly medication as that is the exclusive role of physicians.
Richard Schoonhoven is an Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Department of English and Philosophy at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He has been teaching in the Department since receiving his PhD from the University of Michigan in 2000, where he trained as a philosopher of science. At the time of accepting the job at West Point, he knew nothing about military ethics; he knows only slightly more now, although he has served as the Program Chair for the International Society for Military Ethics for the past five years.
Carl Tollef Solberg
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.
Koji Ota is an Associate Professor at the Department of Humanities, Niigata University, Japan. He received his Ph.D from Kyoto University with a thesis on consciousness and physicalism. His research interests are philosophy of mind, philosophy of cognitive science, moral psychology, and ethical theory. He investigates connections between descriptive issues in moral psychology and normative questions in ethics, particularly concerning ethical intuitionism and moral relativism. He also tries to explore the metaphilosophical significance of the free will debate in the light of psychological nature of free will beliefs.
James Williams, Oxford Internet Institute
James 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.
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