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.
Sorin Baiasu, Keele University
Sorin Baiasu is Reader in Philosophy at Keele University (UK) and Guest Research Professor at the University of Vienna (Austria), as part of the ERC Advanced Project “Distortions of Normativity”. He has published one monograph, two edited collections, three journal special issues, and many articles and chapters. Three other edited collections are under contract. His research focuses mainly on the history of ethics (in particular Kant) and analytic political philosophy (particularly, debates on justice and desert). He is currently completing a monograph on A Desert-based Egalitarian Theory of Justice, which draws on articles he published in the Journal of Political Philosophy and Contemporary Political Theory. He is also Principal Investigator for a Marie Curie Intra-European Project with the title “A Kantian Approach to Current Tensions between Legal Obligations and Religious Commitments.”
Yoshiyuki Hayashi, Oxford-Uehiro-St Cross Visiting Student Scholar
Mr Yoshiyuki Hayashi is a recipient of an Oxford-Uehiro-St Cross Visiting Student Scholarship. This Scholarship scheme is made possible through the generosity of the Uehiro Foundation on Ethics and Education, with a view to providing opportunities for graduate students who are ordinarily resident in Japan to study at Oxford for one year as a visiting student.
Mr Hayashi is a Ph. D student of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science in the University of Tokyo, Japan. His current research interests are problems of self, mind and consciousness. During his time at the Uehiro Centre he will focus in particular on the philosophical foundation of mind uploading. His PhD thesis concerns the problem of fission, fusion and duplication of self. He is a member of the Philosophy of Science Society Japan, The Japan Association for Philosophy of Science, and Japan Association for the Contemporary and Applied Philosophy. He is also one of the organizers of a young philosopher’s forum in Japan.
Loane Skene, University of Melbourne
Loane Skene is a Professor at the Melbourne Law School and an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne. She is a member of the Australian Health Ethics Committee and has served on numerous other federal and state advisory committees, especially concerning genetics and the law. In 2005, she was Deputy Chair of the Lockhart Committee on Human Cloning and Embryo Research and was a member of the Heerey Committee which conducted a further review of the federal legislation on cloning and embryo research. Professor Skene has published extensively in the field of health law, has been awarded a Centenary Medal by the Commonwealth for ‘Service to Australian Society through the Exploration of Legal and Ethical Issues of Health Care’, is the Inaugural Life Fellow of the Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law; and has been appointed as a Fellow of Queen’s College Melbourne and a Plumer Fellow of St Anne’s College Oxford.
Dr Marta Soniewicka, Jagiellonian University in Krakow
Marta is an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy of Law and Legal Ethics at the Faculty of Law of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. In the summer of 2014 she will be an academic visitor at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics hosted by Professor Julian Savulescu. During her stay in Oxford she will pursue research on ethics of reproductive genetics and genetic enhancement. This is a part of a broader research project entitled “Legal and Ethical Standards of Reproductive Genetics” which is funded by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education and aimed at completing her habilitation degree. Her fields of interest include: jurisprudence, political philosophy, ethics and bioethics, as well as philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche which is the main subject of her second dissertation in philosophy (in progress). In 2011 she was a post-doc Fulbright fellow at Boston University working on bioethics and law under a supervision of Professor George Annas. She was a visiting scholar: at the Cambridge Forum for Legal and Political Philosophy at Cambridge University in the UK (2009) and at the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at University of Notre Dame in the US (2011); a visiting lecturer at numerous universities, among others at the University of Vienna and a University of Ternopil. She is the author of a book on global justice and the co-author of a book on bioethics; she has also co-edited fours books (among others two volumes of the Studies of Philosophy of Law; and one volume of CEE-Forum for Legal, Political, and Social Theory Yearbook).
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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