Tom Douglas

Tom Douglas

Role or Position

Tom is a Senior Research Fellow in the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and a Golding Junior Fellow at Brasenose College. He is Principal Investigator on the Wellcome Trust-funded project 'Neurointerventions in Crime Prevention: An Ethical Analysis'.

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Academic Background

He received degrees in bioethics (B.Med.Sc.) and medicine (M.B.Ch.B.) from the University of Otago, New Zealand before taking up a Rhodes Scholarship in Oxford, where he received his B.A. in Philosophy, Politics & Economics and completed his D.Phil. in Philosophy in 2010.  From 2010 to 2013 he was a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow in the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and a Junior Research Fellow at Balliol College.

Research Interests

Tom’s research lies mainly in practical and normative ethics. In practical ethics, his work focuses on the ethics of using medical technologies for 'non-medical' purposes, such as crime prevention and behaviour change. In normative ethics he is primarily interested in the nature of moral improvement and in tensions between special obligations and requirements of fairness. Previously, he has written on slippery slope arguments, organ donation policy, the philosophical foundations of injury compensation law, and the dual-use dilemma.

Publications include

'The Relationship Between Effort and Moral Worth: Three Amendments to Sorensen’s Model', forthcoming in Ethical Theory and Moral Practice

'Enhancing Moral Conformity and Enhancing Moral Worth', forthcoming in Neuroethics.

‘Is the Creation of Artificial Life Morally Significant?’, forthcoming in Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, with R Powell and J Savulescu.

'Procreative Altruism: Beyond Individualism in Reproductive Selection', Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 2013; 38(4): 400-419, with Katrien Devolder.

'Human Enhancement and Supra-Personal Moral Status', Philosophical Studies, 2011; 162(3):473-497

'Moral Enhancement via Direct Emotion Modulation: A Reply to John Harris', Bioethics, 2011; 27(3): 160-168 

'Enhancement, Biomedical', forthcoming in H LaFollette, ed, International Encyclopedia of Ethics (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).

'Should Institutions Prioritize Rectification over Aid?', Philosophical Quarterly, 2010;60(241):698-717.

'Intertemporal Disagreement and Empirical Slippery Slope Arguments', Utilitas, 2010;22(2):184-197. © Cambridge University Press 2010. [via journal site]

'Medical Injury Compensation: Beyond 'No-Fault'', Medical Law Review, 2009;17(1):30-51. [html

'Moral Enhancement', Journal of Applied Philosophy, 2008;25(3):228-245. [html] Reprinted in J Savulescu, R ter Meulen, G Kahane (eds) Enhancing Human Capacities (Wiley-Blackwell: 2011).


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