Tom Douglas

Tom Douglas

Role or Position

Tom is a Senior Research Fellow in the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. He is Principal Investigator on the Wellcome Trust-funded project 'Neurointerventions in Crime Prevention: An Ethical Analysis' and Lead Researcher in the Oxford Martin Programme on Collective Responsibility for Infectious Disease.

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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

Tomís 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 Sorensenís Model', Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 2014;17(2):325-334

'Enhancing Moral Conformity and Enhancing Moral Worth', Neuroethics 2014; 7(1): 75-91.

'Is the Creation of Artificial Life Morally Significant?', Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 2013;44(4.B):688-696, 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).

'Parental Partiality and the Intergenerational Transmission of Advantage', Philosophical Studies, 2015;172(10):2735-2756

'Criminal Rehabilitation through Medical Intervention: Moral Liability and the Right to Bodily Integrity', Journal of Ethics 2014;18(2):101-122.

'The Unilateralist's Curse and the Principle of Conformity', forthcoming in Social Epistemology, with N Bostrom and A Sandberg.

'The Morality of Moral Neuroenhancement', forthcoming in J Clausen and N Levy (eds) Handbook of Neuroethics (Springer).



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