Dr. Satoshi Kodama’s background is moral and political philosophy. He graduated from Kyoto University and is associate professor at the department of ethics in Kyoto University Graduate School of Letters. Formerly he held a lectureship at the department of biomedical ethics in the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Medicine. His research interests include moral theory (utilitarianism), moral methodology (the role of intuition in moral reasoning), ethics and evolution, end-of-life issues, resource allocation, and public health ethics. He has co-authored textbooks on biomedical ethics both in Japanese and English as well as translating Albert Jonsen’s Clinical Ethics and Tony Hope's Medical Ethics: A Very Short Introduction, and Peter Singer’s The Life You Can Save. As well as writing many journal articles, he has published Utility and Intuition (in Japanese, 2011, which won the Watsuji prize by the Japanese Society for Ethics), An Introduction to Utilitarianism (2012).