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.
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.
Hossein Dabbagh, University of Reading
Hossein Dabbagh is a PhD Philosophy candidate at the University of Reading, UK. Hossein is a Recognized Student at the University of Oxford for Hilary and Trinity terms 2013, based at the Uehiro Centre where Dr Regina Rini is his Academic Advisor for this period. His thesis is on the epistemology of moral intuitions and empirical moral psychology (currently investigating the views of Sinnott-Armstrong, Green, Knob, Doris and Stich) and he is also working on Moral Reasons, Normativity, and Meta-Ethics more generally. In his first and second years of doctoral study, Hossein explored intuitionism under the supervision of Professors Philip Stratton-Lake and Brad Hooker.
Lauren de Lacerda Nunes, Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil
Lauren de Lacerda Nunes is a Ph.D student at Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil. She is also Professor full time at the Federal University of Pampa, Brazil. She defended her dissertation “Moral Conflicts and Moral Dilemmas: a problematization as of the moral theory of I. Kant” at the Federal University of Santa Maria in 2010. Lauren works primarily with moral dilemmas considering his applied, historic and metaethical aspects. At the moment she is considering the role of emotion in the analysis of moral dilemmas, through moral psychology and applied ethics. She has published in Brazilian journals on these topics and other topics of Applied Ethics, as: biomedical ethics, the objectivity/relativity of values, principialism, moral dilemmas and ethical consistency in rationalist moral systems and animal ethics. She also coordinates an extension project about ethics in a school of a suburb of the city of São Borja, called “pictures of quotidian: the ethical reflection and the photography”. The main purpose of that project is to make the students develop the ethical reflection through the photography, and give them the opportunity to show their reality by the pictures.
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.
Johann Roduit, University of Zurich
Johann Roduit is a founding member of NeoHumanitas, a think thank fostering discussions about future and emerging technologies, he is currently finishing a doctoral dissertation in “Biomedical Ethics and Law” at the Institute of Biomedical Ethics in the University of Zurich (Switzerland). Funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), Johann’s current research aims to look at what role, if any, the notion of perfection should play in the debate about the ethics of human enhancement. As part of the SNFS project Human enhancement and perfection, he has been awarded a Mobility grant to take part in the “Academic Visitor Programme” of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics from October 2013 to April 2014. Johann’s other research interests include bioethics, transhumanism, virtue ethics, the ethics of human cloning, human dignity and philosophical anthropology. He is also the cofounder and curator of TEDxMartigny.
Max Harris Siegel, Princeton University
Max is an advanced undergraduate in the Department of Philosophy at Princeton University. He has philosophical interest in metaethics, philosophy of action, and formal semantics. Max is currently writing a thesis on the supposed analogy between moral and mathematical truths. His recent publications and presentations include "Moral Dilemmas and the Principle of Alternate Possibilities," "Corporations, Moral Responsibility, and the Reactive Attitudes," and "Are Doxastic and Practical Responsibility Companions in Guilt?" At Princeton, Max has received the Class of 1883 Prize for Academic Freshmen and twice received the Spirit of '76 Undergraduate Fellowship. His research at the Uehiro Centre is supported, in part, by the Princeton University Center for Human Values.
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.
Search our website: