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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.
David Coady is a senior lecturer in philosophy at the University of Tasmania, Australia. He has published on a wide variety of topics in applied philosophy. Much of his work is in the area of applied epistemology. This includes work on expertise, conspiracy theories, rumour, Wikipedia, the blogosphere, and the epistemology of democracy. He has also published on metaphysics, philosophy of law, police ethics, the ethics of horror films, and the ethics of cricket. He is the editor of Conspiracy Theories: The Philosophical Debate (2006), the author of What To Believe Now: Applying Epistemology to Contemporary Issues (2012), and co‐author of The Climate Change Debate: An Epistemic and Ethical Enquiry (2013).
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.
Richard 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 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, 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” ( http://kontuz.weebly.com/ ) and “Bioethics and citizenship”, funded by the Spanish Ministery of Economy and Competitiveness.
Nina's doctoral research at the University of Bern and LMU Munich investigates so-called "virtue engineering" or "enhancement of morality" in light of the rival (meta-) ethical understandings of human self-improvement and education that inform the ongoing debate on the topic.
She holds a bachelor in the Philosophy and History of Science and a master in Political, Legal, and Economic Philosophy, has taught various introductory courses to philosophy (of science), and worked in such fields as clinical ethics, the public health sector, and for the Office of Science, Technology, and Higher Education at the Embassy of Switzerland in the UK. Beyond her current work on human enhancement, she has a more general interest in the conditions of free or autonomous agency, its relation to responsibility, and in competency and paternalism in health-related decision-making. Her visit to the Oxford Uehiro Centre is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.
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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