Julian Savulescu

The Pessimist: Editor of leading bioethics journal mourns “failure” of bioethics

Michael Cook | 20 December 2014 | Comments
tags: bioethics, Julian Savulescu, Peter Singer, utilitarianism
Julian Savulescu's sombre lament for the field he loves.

Where are the true utilitarians who have not bent the knee to Baal?

Michael Cook | 22 November 2014 | Comments
tags: Julian Savulescu, Peter Singer, utilitarianism
Nothing has done more to tarnish the prestige of utilitarianism in recent years than academic interest in trolley-ology.

Enhancing the chemistry of love

Michael Cook | 20 September 2014 | Comments
tags: enhancement, Julian Savulescu, love, love drug
If love needs drugs, is it still love?

Moral bioehancement debate intensifies

Xavier Symons | 10 May 2014 | Comments
tags: egalitarianism, Julian Savulescu, moral bioenhancement
Bioenhancement has been receiving increased attention since the 2013 publication of Julian Savulescu and Unfit for the Future: The Need for Moral Enhancement by Julian Savulescu and Ingmar Persson. An April special issue of the American Journal of Bioethics explores the benefits and dangers of Persson and Savulescu’s project.

Savulescu - We have a moral obligation to increase the intelligence of our children

Xavier Symons | 28 March 2014 | Comments
tags: embryo screening, genetic testing, intelligence, Julian Savulescu
Oxford bioethicist Julian Savulescu calls for genetic screening of the unborn for IQ genes.

Savulescu warns that “love-diminishing” drugs could be used for gay “conversion therapy”

Xavier Symons | 13 October 2013 | Comments
tags: enhancement, gay conversion therapy, Julian Savulescu, love drug
Drugs could be used to reverse homosexual inclinations.

“We have a moral imperative to research moral enhancement”: Savulescu

Xavier Symons | 17 August 2013 | Comments
tags: Julian Savulescu, moral enhancement
At a TEDx conference in Barcelona last month, Oxford bioethicist Julian Savulescu shared his views on using medicine and technology for “moral enhancement”.

Savulescu proposes alternative to euthanasia

Xavier Symons | 27 July 2013 | Comments
tags: Julian Savulescu, terminal sedation, voluntary palliated starvation
Julian Savulescu proposes a new way out: "voluntary palliated starvation"

Will Armstrong’s confession change cycling?

Michael Cook | 19 January 2013 | Comments
tags: drugs in sport, enhancement, Julian Savulescu, sports
The canary is dead. Now, what about the coal mine? After Lance Armstrong’s confession to Oprah Winfrey in a 90-minute television that he won all of his seven Tour de France titles with the help of performance-enhancing drugs, will cycling become drug-free?

Savulescu and Harris debate enhancing morality

Michael Cook | 07 December 2012 | Comments
tags: enhancement, Julian Savulescu, utilitarianism
Two utilitarians slug it out over enhancing morality.

Are drugs or democracy our bulwark against the apocalypse?

Michael Cook | 21 October 2012 | Comments
tags: democracy, enhancement, Julian Savulescu
A new book by Ingmar Persson and Julian Savulescu, Unfit for the Future, fills in the case for biomedical moral enhancement which they have been making in journal articles recently

I’m not the Nazi; you’re the Nazi

Michael Cook | 10 October 2012 | Comments
tags: eugenics, genetic testing, Julian Savulescu
Julian Savulescu, the utilitarian bioethicist at Oxford University, has the perfect riposte when his opponents tell him that his proposals for genetic selection remind them of Nazi eugenics.

A Nobel Prize for ethics?

Michael Cook | 09 October 2012 | Comments
tags: Julian Savulescu, Nobel Prize for Medicine, Shinya Yamanaka, stem cells
This year's laureates are both stem cell scientists.

Is it immoral not to design your baby?

Michael Cook | 17 August 2012 | Comments
tags: genetic engineering, Julian Savulescu
The editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics, Julian Savulescu, has a radical utilitarian message, but he is preaching it in the most conventional of outlets, the UK edition of Reader’s Digest.

Savulescu defends Olympic doping

Michael Cook | 11 August 2012 | Comments
tags: drug doping, Julian Savulescu, sports
Oxford bioethicist Julian Savulescu has certainly won a lot of media exposure during the Olympic Games. He is a strong supporter of scrapping the zero-tolerance to doping in competitive sports. This week he was featured in "Room for Debate" in the New York Times.

The latest goss on infanticide

Michael Cook | 23 June 2012 | Comments
tags: after-birth abortion, infanticide, Journal of Medical Ethics, Julian Savulescu
A Washington Post blog has announced that the editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics, Julian Savulescu, is preparing a special issue on infanticide.

Synthetic biology could lead to disaster, says Oxford bioethicist

Michael Cook | 07 June 2012 | Comments
tags: Julian Savulescu, synthetic biology
Synthetic biology offers the prospect of annihilating life as we know it, says Julian Savulescu

The infanticide controversy: the editor

Michael Cook | 10 March 2012 | Comments
tags: after-birth abortion, bioethics, Julian Savulescu, moral enhancement
Julian Savulescu, the Australian philosopher who is now the director of Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at Oxford, is ever controversial. He was a leading figure in the recent controversy over the article arguing that infanticide is morally permissible in the journal he edits, the Journal of Medical Ethics. Nonetheless, he was selected by the Australian Government’s new on-line magazine to showcase Aussie talent.

Can you morally enhance a hoodie?

Michael Cook | 14 August 2011 | Comments
tags: bioethics, Julian Savulescu, moral enhancement
A Google search for “London+riots+bioethics” yielded nothing of any value. But future discussions about how to respond to mass hooliganism may well require bioethicists. At least that is what a debate between two leading utilitarian bioethicists in the journal Bioethics suggests.

Social equality is a vice, says Savulescu

Michael Cook | 21 August 2010 | Comments
tags: Enlightenment, equality, Julian Savulescu
The spawn of envy

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