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.
Lucius Caviola, University of Basel
Lucius is studying cognitive psychology at the University of Basel, Switzerland. His research interests focus on questions at the intersection of psychology, ethics and rationality. They include questions such as the following: "What are people’s moral goals and to what extent do they decide accordingly?" By combining research on heuristics and biases with moral psychology, he aims to identify irrational patterns in moral decision-making and examine the underlying cognitive mechanisms involved in moral reasoning.
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.
Anders Herlitz, University of Gothenburg
Anders is a researcher at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. His major research interests are: the intersection of value pluralism, value conflicts, incommensurability, decision making strategies and practical reasoning, in application and in theory. In Gothenburg, his work has circulates primarily around shared decision making and adherence in relation to self-care-dependent medical treatments. During his time at the Centre he plans to continue the work on decision making in human enhancement issues that he initiated as part of his PhD work.
William Isdale, University of Queensland
Will has just completed his 4th year of study (out of 5.5) for a dual Bachelor of Arts (majors in philosophy and politics) / Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. During his visit he plans to write some short articles on a range of different topics in practical ethics. Previously he has written on the sale of human body parts, organ donation systems and the ethics of education. He is currently interested in writing about moral lessons from the First World War (given the centenary this year) and ‘just war’ theory, the ethics of different voting systems, and restrictions on the freedom to associate (related to anti-gang legislation in Australia). He is also hoping to generally familiarize himself with the research being done at the Centre and to have the opportunity to talk to you about your work.
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.
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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