Janet Radcliffe-Richards

Janet Radcliffe-Richards

Role or Position

Janet Radcliffe-Richards is Professor of Practical Philosophy and Fellow, Distinguished Research Fellow and Consultant at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford.

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Academic Background

Janet is a philosopher by training, with degrees from the universities of Keele, Calgary (Canada) and Oxford. She was until 1999 a member of the Department of Philosophy at the Open University and after that Director of Bioethics in the Medical School at University College London. She returned to Oxford in 2007.

Research Interests

Janet originally worked on metaphysics and philosophy of science, but for many years now has concentrated on the practical applications of philosophy, with books on topics such as feminism (The Sceptical Feminist, 1980), discrimination and inequality (Philosophical Problems of Equality, 1996) and the implications of Darwinian theory (Human Nature after Darwin, 2000) and The Ethics of Transplants:  why careless thought costs lives. She is currently preparing her 2012 Uehiro Lectures, Sex in a Shifting Landscape, for publication, and working more generally on the relationship between science and ethics.