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Current Visiting Academics and Visiting Students
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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.
DR. PAUL HUTCHINS AM
is Senior Staff Physician to the Child Development Unit at The Children's Hospital, at Westmead, Sydney Australia. He is Senior Paediatric Consultant to The Children's Hospital Education Research Institute, which he helped establish. Born in Wales, he studied medicine at Oxford and London with wide experience in general and subspecialist children's medicine. His particular interests in clinical practice, teaching and research are in communication disorders and behavioural problems, particularly in language disorders, learning and attention deficits and autism. He has participated in many advisory bodies for professional practice and policy. He has lectured widely in Australia, Britain, Europe, Asia and South Africa with various professionals and parent support groups. He has contributed internationally to guidelines for ADHD management, including collaborative resources for schools. He has contributed to national and state bodies for autism. He is a member of the International Advisory Panel for UK Neurosciences and Special Education Forum. Paul will explore the ethical perspectives of achieving comprehensive collaborative evidence-based management in developmental disorders and particularly medication as that is the exclusive role of physicians.
Serena Kini-Cramer is a 3rd year undergraduate studying Philosophy and History at the University of Chicago. She is the head of the undergraduate Women in Philosophy club, and is interested in seeing more women in the Philosophy department. Her concentrations in philosophy focus on metaethics and contemporary moral philosophy, and her concentrations in history focus on early modern Europe. She will be researching applied ethics under Dr Hannah Maslen.
Rosana Triviño is an Associate Professor at the Department of Philosophy of Law, University of Coruña, Spain. She received her PhD from University of Salamanca with a thesis on conscientious objection in healthcare. Her research areas are related to Moral Philosophy and Applied Ethics. More specifically, she is interested on moral conscience and its role in behaviour choices, conscientious objection, women’s sexual and reproductive rights, and access to healthcare for migrant people. Currently, she is member of two research projects: “Causal responsibility by omission: An ethical and legal elucidation of the problems of undue inaction” ( http://kontuz.weebly.com/ ) and “The discourse of bio-rights. Philosophical and legal foundations, features and implementation”, funded by the Spanish Ministery of Economy and Competitiveness.
Koji Ota is an Associate Professor at the Department of Humanities, Niigata University, Japan. He received his Ph.D from Kyoto University with a thesis on consciousness and physicalism. His research interests are philosophy of mind, philosophy of cognitive science, moral psychology, and ethical theory. He investigates connections between descriptive issues in moral psychology and normative questions in ethics, particularly concerning ethical intuitionism and moral relativism. He also tries to explore the metaphilosophical significance of the free will debate in the light of psychological nature of free will beliefs.
I am a neonatologist, practising in tertiary neonatal intensive care in Melbourne. I am originally a Liverpool product but have lived much of my life in Australia, returning to Liverpool in the 80's for research training after clinical training in Australia ( MB BS Monash 1978, FRACP 1984). My medical research interests have centred predominantly around brain injury and development in extremely low birthweight infants, cardiorespiratory support in intensive care and infection control. My clinical work has centred on neonatal intensive care, together with perinatal palliative care and antenatal counselling around the issues of fetal abnormality and the infant with a poor prognosis. This has developed into a major interest in the psychology and ethics of intensive care, support of parents and staff and the psychology of counselling and end of life decision making. My current focus is an examination of perinatal palliative care counselling and support, with a particular focus on cross-cultural counselling and the impact of religious and cultural belief (clinician and parent/family ) on counselling and decision making. A particular focus is the question of how clinicians and patients use language in communication and in the associated ethical reasoning. I am attempting to explore the use of language as used to both clarify communication and to elide issues, obfuscate or manipulate clinician-patient interactions.
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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