Professor Julian Savulescu

Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics, Director - Institute for Science and Ethics

julian.savulescu@philosophy.ox.ac.uk

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Julian Savulescu's areas of research include: the ethics of genetics, especially predictive genetic testing, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, prenatal testing, behavioural genetics, genetic enhancement, gene therapy. Research ethics, especially ethics of embryo research, including embryonic stem cell research. New forms of reproduction, including cloning and assisted reproduction. Medical ethics, including end of life decision-making, resource allocation, consent, confidentiality, decision-making involving incompetent people, and other areas. Sports ethics. The analytic philosophical basis of practical ethics. Julian is a founder member of the Hinxton Group.

Publications

Authored & Edited Books

  • Savulescu, J. and Persson, I., (2012), Unfit for the Future: The Need for Moral Enhancement,  (Oxford: Oxford University Press)
  • Savulescu, J., (2012), 'Decisiones peligrosas? Una bioética desafiante', translation of collected works by Blanca Rodríguez López & Enrique Bonete Perales, (Editorial Tecnos: Madrid)
  • Savulescu, J., ter Meulen, R. and Kahane, G., (Eds.) (2011). Enhancing Human Capacities, (Oxford: Wiley Blackwell)
  • Selgelid, M. J., McLean, A., Arinaminpathy, N. and Savulescu, J., (Eds.) (2011). Infectious Disease Ethics: Limiting Liberty in Contexts of Contagion, (Springer)
  • Savulescu, J., and Bostrom, N., (2009) Human Enhancement (Oxford: Oxford University Press)
  • Knopffler, N. and Savulescu, J., (eds.), (2009), Der Neue Mensch? Enhancement Und Genetik (Verlag Karl Aber)
  • Hope, T., Savulescu, J. and Hendrick, J., (eds.), (2008), Medical Ethics and Law:  The Core Curriculum (Churchill Livingston)
  • Savulescu, J., (2007) In Quest of Ethical Wisdom: How the practical ethics of East and West contribute to wisdom (Oxford: Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics)

Book Chapters

2012

  • Savulescu, J., (2012), 'Enhancing Equality' in K. Lippert-Rasmussen, M. Rosendahl and J. Wamberg (eds) The Posthuman Condition: Ethics, Aesthetics and Politics of Biotechnological Challenges, (Aarhus: Aarhus University Press): 184- 203.

2011

  • Savulescu, J. and Wilkinson, D., (2011), 'Death Fiction and Taking Organs from the Living ' Organ and Tissue Donation, Vol 333 of Series Issues in Society, (Thirroul: The Spinney Press): p.34
  • Sandberg, A., Sinnott-Armstrong, W. and Savulescu, J. (2011), 'Cognitive Enhancement in Courts', in  J. Illes and B. J. Sahakian (Eds) Oxford Handbook of Neuroethics, (Oxford: Oxford University Press)
  • Kahane, G., Savulescu, J. and Ter Meulen, R. (2011), 'Preface', in  G. Kahane, J. Savulescu and R. Ter Meulen (Eds) Enhancing Human Capacities, (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell)
  • Sandberg, A. and Savulescu, J. (2011), 'The Social and Economic Impacts of Cognitive Enhancement', in  J. Savulescu, R. Ter Meulen and G. Kahane (Eds) Enhancing Human Capacities, (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell) pp. 92-113
  • Persson, I. and Savulescu, J. (2011), 'Unfit for the Future?  Human Nature, Scientific Progress, and the Need for Moral Enhancement', in  J. Savulescu, R. ter Meulen and G. Kahane (Eds) Enhancing Human Capacities (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell)
  • Savulescu, J., Sandberg, A. and Kahane, G. (2011), 'Enhancement and Well-being', in  J. Savulescu, R. ter Meulen and G. Kahane (Eds.) Enhancing Human Capacities,Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell pp. 3-18
  • Savulescu, J., Sandberg, A. and Kahane, G. (2011), 'Reasons to Feel, Reasons to Take Pills', in  J. Savulescu, R. ter Meulen and G. Kahane (Eds.) Enhancing Human Capacities,Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell pp. 166-178
  • Arinaminpathy, N., Savulescu, J. and McLean, A. (2011), 'Effective Use of a Limited Antiviral Stockpile for Pandemic Influenza', in  M. J. Selgelid, A. McLean, N. Arinaminpathy and J. Savulescu (Eds.) Infectious Disease Ethics: Limiting Liberty in Contexts of Contagion, Springer
  • Savulescu, J. (2011), 'Genetically Modified Animals: Should There be Limits to Engineering the Animal Kingdom?' in  T. Beauchamp and R. Frey (Eds.) Oxford Handbook of Animals and Ethics,Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Selgelid, M. J., McLean, A., Arinaminpathy, N. and Savulescu, J. (2011), 'Introduction', in M. J. Selgelid, A. McLean, N. Arinaminpathy and J. Savulescu (Eds.)   Infectious Disease Ethics: Limiting Liberty in Contexts of Contagion, Springer

2010

  • Douglas, T. and Savulescu, J. (2010), 'Synthetic biology and the ethics of knowledge', Originally published in Journal of Medical Ethics. Included in Obama Bioethics Commission Briefing Book for meeting on 8-9 July 2010,
  • Savulescu, J. (2010), 'Yuk', in N. Warburton and D. Edmonds (Eds.) Philosophy Bites,Oxford University Press
  • Savulescu, J. and Hope, T. (2010), 'Ethics of Research', in J. Skorupski (Ed.) Routledge Companion to Ethics, Routledge

2009

  • Savulescu, J. and Devolder, K., (2009), 'The Moral Imperative to Conduct Embryonic Stem Cell Cloning Research' (Reprint), In D. Haugen, S. Musser and K. Lovelace (Eds.), At Issue: The Ethics of Cloning (Thomsonville:  Gale Cengage Learning)
  • Savulescu, J. (2009), 'Genetic Enhancement', in  H. Kuhse and P. Singer (Eds.) A Companion to Bioethics: Second Edition,Oxford: Wiley- Blackwell
  • Savulescu, J., (2009), 'Procreative Beneficence: Why We Should Select the Best Children' (Reprint), In J. Oakley (Ed.), Bioethics,  pp. 187-200, (Ashgate)
  • Savulescu, J., (2009), 'Enhancement and Fairness', In P. Healey and S. Rayner (Eds.), Unnatural Selection: The Challenges of Engineering Tomorrow’s People pp. 177- 187 (London:  Earthscan)
  • Savulescu, J. and Devolder, K., (2009), 'The Moral Imperative to Conduct Embryonic Stem Cell and Cloning Research' (Reprint), In J. Pierce and G. Randels (Eds.), Contemporary Bioethics: An Integrated Approach, (Oxford:  Oxford University Press)
  • Savulescu, J., (2009), 'The Human Prejudice and the Moral Status of Enhanced Beings:  What Do We Owe the Gods', In J. Savulescu and N. Bostrom (Eds.), Human Enhancement, (Oxford:  Oxford University Press)
  • Savulescu, J., (2009), 'The Yuk Factor', In J. Warburton and D. Edmonds (Eds.), Philosophy Bites, (Oxford: Oxford University Press)
  • Ranisch, R. and Savulescu, J., (2009), 'Ethics and Enhancement', In N. Knoepffler and J. Savulescu (Eds.), The New Man? Enhancement and Genetics, (Alber Verlag)
  • Kahane, G. and Savulescu, J., (2009), 'The Welfarist Account of Disability', In A. Cureton and K. Brownlee (Eds.), Disability and Disadvantage, (Oxford:  Oxford University) Press

2008

  • Savulescu, J., (2008), 'Procreative Beneficence: Reasons Not to Have Disabled Children', In J. Thompson and L. Skene (Eds.), The Sorting Society: The Ethics of Genetic Screening and Therapy, (Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press)
  • Savulescu, J., (2008), 'Three Stages of Disbelief', In U. Shuklenk and R. Blackford (Eds.), Voices of Disbelief, (Wiley-Blackwell)

2007

  • Savulescu, J. (2007) “Autonomy, the Good Life, and Controversial Choices”, in eds. Rhodes, R. Francis, L. P. and Silvers, A. The Blackwell Guide to Medical Ethics (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing)
  • Savulescu, J. (2007) “Gene therapy, transgenesis and chimeras: is the radical genetic alteration of human beings a threat to our humanity?”, in Savulescu, J. (Ed.),  In Quest of Ethical Wisdom: How the practical ethics of East and West contribute to wisdom (Oxford: Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics)
  • Savulescu, J. (2007) “Genetic Interventions and the Ethics of Enhancement of Human Beings”, in ed. Steinbock, B. The Oxford Handbook of Bioethics ( Oxford: Oxford University Press)
  • Savulescu, J., (2007), 'Procreative Beneficience: Why We Should Select the Best Children', In R. Chadwick, H. Kuhse, W. A. Landman, U. Schuklenk and P. Singer (Eds.), The Bioethics Reader: Editors' Choice, pp. 434 - 446, (Malden:  Blackwell Publishing) 
  • Savulescu J., (2007) 'How Do We Choose Which Life To Save? Equality of Access or a Fair Go?' (Reprint),in Cartlidge, P., (Ed.) Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects of Child Healthcare, (Oxford: Elsevier)

2006

  • Lott, J. P., Savulescu, J. (2006) 'Addressing the Public Health Problem of Hepatitis C', in Selgelid, M. J., Battin, M. P., Smith, C., B. (Eds.),  Ethics and Infectious Disease (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing)
  • Savulescu, J. (2006) 'Bioethics: Utilitarianism' (Reprint), Encyclopedia of Life Sciences, (London: John Wiley and Sons)
  • Savulescu, J., Hope, R.A., (2006) 'The Elderly and Ethical Financial Decision-Making' in Clark, G. L., Munnell, A. H., Orszag, M. (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Pensions and Retirement Income (Oxford: Oxford University Press)
  • Spriggs, M., Savulescu, J. (2006) “The Ethics of Surgically Assigning Sex for Intersex Children”, in Benatar, D. (Ed.) Cutting to the Core (New York: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers Inc.)

Edited Journal Issue

  • Savulescu, J., McLean, A. and Arinaminpathy , N., (2009), '2009 Special Issue: Infectious Disease Ethics: Limiting Liberty in Contexts of Contagion', Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, Vol: 6 (2)
  • Savulescu, J., (2008), 'The Ethics of Enhancement', Journal of Applied Philosophy , S. Matthew Liao, Julian Savulescu and David Wasserman; Contributors include Larry Temkin, Torbjorn Tannsjo, Gustaf Arrhenius, and others; forthcoming

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Reports

  • Savulescu, J., Donovan, P., Faden, R., Harris, J., Lovell-Badge, R. and Mathews, D., (2008 ), ‘Hinxton Consensus Statement: Science, Ethics and Policy Challenges of Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Gametes’
  • Savulescu, J. and Foddy, B., (2007), ‘Global Health Services Industry Allianz Report’   (Oxford:  Oxford Analytica)