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 Andreas Christiansen

Andreas_ChristiansenAndreas Christiansen is a Ph.D. student in philosophy at the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication and the Centre for Synthetic Biology at the University of Copenhagen. He holds a BA and an MA in philosophy and a BA in political science, all from the University of Copenhagen. His Ph.D. dissertation concerns ethical issues in synthetic biology. His main research interests are in metaethics, normative ethics and politcial philosophy, and their relations.

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.

Darlei Dall'Agnol

Darlei Dall'Agnol

Darlei Dall'Agnol is Professor of Ethics at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brasil. He completed his PhD at the Bristol University, UK (2001), on the concept of intrinsic value. He has published several articles and books on ethics including two on bioethics. Currently, he is researcher of the CNPq (National Counsel for Scientific and Technological Development) working on the project "Care & Respect: rethinking the metaethical and normative basis of bioethics"

David Simon

David Simon

David Simon is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist working in rural Australia and the Pacific and is a lecturer in the Monash University School of Rural Health. He graduated from Monash University in 1983 and originally worked as a remote area GP in the Australian Top End and South Africa. He is a fellow of the RANZCOG and RACGP and has a DTM&H from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and a Master of Public Health from Monash University.

Richard Schoonhoven

Richard Schoonhoven

Richard Schoonhoven is an Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Department of English and Philosophy at the United States Military Academy at West Point.  He has been teaching in the Department since receiving his PhD from the University of Michigan in 2000, where he trained as a philosopher of science.  At the time of accepting the job at West Point, he knew nothing about military ethics; he knows only slightly more now, although he has served as the Program Chair for the International Society for Military Ethics for the past five years.


Milene Consenso Tonetto

Milene Consenso Tonetto

Milene is adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil. She completed her doctorate in philosophy in 2010 writing a thesis on the foundations of human rights. She is the author of the book "Human rights in Kant and Habermas" (2010). In her recent research she investigates the criticisms and the implications of thinking about bioethical issues from a morality based on human rights.

Alex Voorhoeve


Alex Voorhoeve is Assistant Professor in Philosophy at the London School of Economics. He works on the theory and practice of fair distribution of scarce resources; on decision theory; and on moral psychology. As a member of the World Health Organization’s Consultative Group on Equity and Universal Health Coverage, he co-authored Making Fair Choices on the Path to Universal Health Coverage (2014). A recent paper (written with Marc Fleurbaey) is “Equality or Priority for Possible People?”, Ethics (forthcoming). At the Uehiro Centre, he plans to do some further applied work for the WHO and on fair decision-making under ambiguity.

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.