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Natalie Colaneri received her Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences from Dartmouth College in 2012. She has a strong interest in drug use and addiction, and is currently working on a research project at the Uehiro Centre studying the ethics of pharmacological cognitive enhancement in higher education. Natalie has previously interned for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and has pursued research on ADHD stimulant diversion with a developmental-behavioral pediatrician at Cohen Children’s Medical Center of NY. Natalie hopes to become an addiction psychiatrist one day while continuing to study the future implications of drug use for cognitive enhancement.
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 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"
Rune Klingenberg is a PhD Student at Roskilde University, Denmark. He holds a BA and an MA in History and Philosophy & Science Studies from Roskilde University. Rune has previously interned at the Danish Council of Ethics, and he is a member of the Danish Research Group for Criminal Justice Ethics. His research interests are moral and legal responsibility, criminal justice ethics, and neuroethics.
Wojciech Lewandowski is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. His doctoral dissertation entitled „Future and responsibility” concerns the problem of justification of responsibility for future people. He is taking part in the project „The Legal and Ethical Standards of Reproductive Genetics” (National Science Centre SONATA BIS grant 2014-2017). His primary research interest is justification of special obligations in bioethical contexts
Daniel Nica is a Teaching Assistant at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, and postdoctoral researcher at The Romanian Academy. He is Doctor in Philosophy from the University of Bucharest, MA in Philosophy from the same university and holds two Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and, respectively, in Theology. He is a member of the Centre of Research in Applied Ethics, University of Bucharest and past visitor of Oxford Uehiro Centre of Practical Ethics. His research interests include moral philosophy (both in Analytic and Continental tradition), metaethics, metaphilosohy, Kant and late Witggenstein. At the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, Daniel Nica holds seminars in Ethical Theories, Introduction to Ethics and Greek Philosophy. He wrote several articles and studies, and two books in practical philosophy, both in Romanian: ETICÃ FÃRÃ PRINCIPII? Generalism ºi particularism în filosofia moralã (2013) (tr. ETHICS WITHOUT PRINCIPLES? Generalism and Particularism in Moral Philosophy), and PASTILA ROªIE. Eseu despre moralitate ºi fericire (2015) (tr. THE RED PILL. Essay on Morality and Happiness).
Blanca Rodriguez López
Blanca Rodríguez López is associate professor of moral and political philosophy at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. At the beginning of her career she worked on utilitarianism, rational choice theory and Game theory. Later she worked on liberalism and social norms and in the last few years she has focused on bioethics and human enhancement. Her work is currently focused on moral enhancement, and its relation with cognitive and mood enhancement.
Peter Shiu-Hwa Tsu
Peter Shiu-Hwa Tsu got his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Australian National University. He is currently an assistant professor (full-time) in the Philosophy Department of Chung Cheng University in Taiwan. He works mainly in ethics, currently focusing on issues related to reason, virtue, agency, and principle. In his recent paper in Philosophical Studies, he defended what he calls ‘shapeless moral particularism’, the view that the moral is shapeless with respect to the natural. His research interests recently expanded into the realm of metaphysics, gravitating towards issues concerning free will.
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.
Constantin Vicã, Ph.D., is teaching assistant at the Faculty of Philosophy, researcher at the Research Centre in Applied Ethics, University of Bucharest, and postdoctoral fellow at the Romanian Academy, Iasi Branch. His main fields of interest are computer and information ethics, roboethics, philosophy of computer science, social and political philosophy, and the critique of intellectual property. He published several articles and studies on online trust, web search engines ethics, digital dialectics, pirate politics, morality of sex acts with robots, evolution of programming languages, green technologies and patents, and free software, authorship and intellectual property; he also co-edited Filosofia științelor umane. In memoriam Mihail Radu Solcan (Philosophy of Human Sciences. In memoriam Mihail Radu Solcan) (2015, University of Bucharest Press). He is now writing on informational justice in the digital world, and also tries to set an argument in favour of artificial companions as a cure for loneliness in senior’s lives.
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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