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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.

Ben Curtis

ben_curtis_for_website 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.

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.

David Rodríguez-Arias

david_r_for_websiteDavid Rodríguez-Arias, PhD is a Ramón y Cajal Researcher at the University of Granada, Spain. His research is mainly devoted to clinical ethics, organ transplantation ethics, death determination, and global bioethics. He is PI of the project: Research on Ethical Strategies to Increase Organ Donation Rates in Europe (RESPONDE), and is member of the Group “Causal responsibility by omission: An ethical and legal elucidation of the problems of undue inaction” ( ) and “Bioethics and citizenship”, funded by  the Spanish Ministery of Economy and Competitiveness.

Carl Tollef Solberg

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. 

Suzanne Uniake

suzanne_uniake_websiteSuzanne Uniacke is Director of the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE) and Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Charles Sturt University, Canberra, Australia. She has previously worked in Philosophy departments in a number of universities in the United Kingdom and Australia.  She was chief editor of the Journal of Applied Philosophy, 2001-2013.  She has published widely in applied philosophy and on issues of normative moral theory.   Her recent and forthcoming publications include journal articles on proportionality and self-defence, on criminalising unknowing self-defence, and on institutional ethics committees and science, alongside chapters in edited collections, on terrorism, on the ‘last resort’ and the ‘success’ conditions of Just War, and on the value of applied philosophy.


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.

Stuart Youngner


Stuart J. Youngner received a B.A. from Swarthmore College and an M.D. from Case Western Reserve University where he is Professor of Bioethics and Psychiatry. He did a residency in Psychiatry at University Hospitals of Cleveland. He is Past President of the Association of Bioethics Program Directors.  He recently stepped down, after 15 years of service, as Chair of the Department of Bioethics at Case Western Reserve University.
Dr. Youngner has published and spoken on topics including: decisions to limit life-sustaining treatment, ethics committees, physician-assisted suicide, advance directives, definitions of death, and ethical issues in organ and tissue retrieval and transplantation. He has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed scholarly journals. He is the editor or coeditor of nine books, the latest of which is (co-edited with Dr. Robert Arnold) the Oxford Handbook of Ethics at the End of Life, published in September 2016.