Professor Julian Savulescu has held the Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford since 2002. He has degrees in medicine, neuroscience and bioethics. He directs the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics within the Faculty of Philosophy, and leads a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator award on Responsibility and Health Care. He directs the Oxford Martin Programme for Collective Responsibility for Infectious Disease at the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford. He co-directs the interdisciplinary Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities in collaboration with Public Health, Psychiatry and History.
In 2017, he joined the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, spending four months per year as Visiting Professorial Fellow in Biomedical Ethics where he is working to establish a programme in biomedical ethics, and Melbourne University as Distinguished International Visiting Professor in Law.
In 2018, he concluded an extended tenure as Editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics, the highest impact journal in the field, and is founding editor of Journal of Practical Ethics, an open access journal in Practical Ethics. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Bucharest in 2014.
YouTube playlist: Videos of talks and interviews with Professor Savulescu are available here.
Deep Brain Stimulation and Revising The Mental Health Act: The Case For Intervention-Specific Safeguards
PUGH, J, AZIZ, T, HERRING, J, SAVULESCU, J
British Journal of Psychiatry
Impartiality and infectious disease: prioritising individuals versus the collective in antibiotic prescription
Dao, B, DOUGLAS, T, GIUBILINI, A, SAVULESCU, J, Selgelid, M, FABER, N
Ajob Empirical Bioethics
Population and Having Children Now
Journal of Practical Ethics
Psychological Disadvantage and a Welfarist Approach to Psychiatry: An Alternative to the DSM Paradigm
Savulescu, J, Roache, R
Philosophy, Psychiatry & Psychology
The American Psychiatric Association released the fifth edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) in May 2013 amid criticism from the British Psychological Society and other eminent voices. Among DSM-5’s problems are its over-emphasis on biological causes of mental distress and its classification of arguably normal states as disorders. We explain why these strategies are harmful and argue that the purpose of psychiatry—and of medicine generally—must be reconsidered if advances in medicine are to be effective in benefiting people. We advance an alternative framework in which medicine focuses not on disease but on psychological traits that, combined with other factors, reduce well-being. This ‘welfarist’ approach could avoid many problems encountered on the current model, bring order to those aspects of current medical practice that do not focus on curing disease, and target undesirable states regardless of whether they are symptomatic of disease. We call such states ‘psychological disadvantage’.