Janet Radcliffe Richards

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Janet Radcliffe Richards
Janet Radcliffe Richards.jpg
Giving the 2012 Annual Uehiro Lecture at Merton College, Oxford
Born1944
NationalityBritish
OccupationProfessor of Practical Philosophy at the University of Oxford
Research fellow and consultant at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics
Spouse(s)
(m. 2010; died 2017)

Janet Radcliffe Richards (born 1944) is a British philosopher specialising in bioethics and feminism and Professor of Practical Philosophy at the University of Oxford. She is the author of The Sceptical Feminist (1980), Philosophical Problems of Equality (1995), Human Nature after Darwin (2000), and The Ethics of Transplants (2012).

Biography[edit]

Richards was lecturer in Philosophy at the Open University 1979–1999, and Director of the Centre for Bioethics and Philosophy of Medicine at University College London[1] until 2007. Since 2008, she has been Professor of Practical Philosophy at Oxford University.

She was in a relationship with philosopher Derek Parfit from 1982, and they were married[2] from 2010 until his death in 2017.[3][4]

Work[edit]

Richards is the author of several books, papers and articles, and has sat on a variety of advisory and working committees in areas of philosophy and bioethics.[5] She is also a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics[6] and posts regularly at the University of Oxford's Practical Ethics: Ethical Perspectives on the News website.[7]

Her identification with feminism and her focus on bioethics both occurred "by accident"[8] during the writing of her first book, The Sceptical Feminist: A Philosophical Enquiry (Routledge, 1980; Penguin, 1982) – bioethics being central to the abortion debate.[9] The book proved to be controversial within and without feminism, e.g. in regard to standards of rationality,[10] fashion and style, and her liberal stance.[11]

Her second book, Human Nature After Darwin: A Philosophical Introduction (Routledge, 2001) explores the so-call Darwin Wars, including what implications Darwinism raises for philosophy and the application of critical thinking to various arguments put forward in the debate.[12] It was originally written as an introduction to philosophical techniques for Open University students using the controversies relating to Darwinian thinking and human nature.[13]

Richards is a firm believer in effective altruism and is since April 2014 a member of Giving What We Can, a community of people who have pledged to give at least 10% of their income to effective charities.[14]

Bibliography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "London's Global University". UCL. 18 October 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  2. ^ Edmonds, David (17 July 2014). "Reason and romance: The world's most cerebral marriage". Prospect Magazine. Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  3. ^ Weinberg, Justin (2 January 2017). "Derek Parfit (1942-2017) (updated)". Daily Nous.
  4. ^ "Reason and romance: The world's most cerebral marriage - Prospect Magazine".
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ [2] Archived 11 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ [3] Archived 21 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Guide to the World's Philosophers - philosophers.co.uk". www.philosophers.co.uk. Archived from the original on 7 April 2005.
  9. ^ "Guide to the World's Philosophers - philosophers.co.uk". www.philosophers.co.uk. Archived from the original on 3 July 2008.
  10. ^ Christine Battersby, Recent work in feminist philosophy, Philosophical Books 1991, 32:4, p. 200
  11. ^ Imelda Whelehan, Modern feminist thought: from the second wave to "post-feminism", 1995, Edinburgh University Press, pp. 39–40
  12. ^ "Human Nature After Darwin by Janet Radcliffe Richards | Issue 40 | Philosophy Now". philosophynow.org. Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  13. ^ [4] Archived 15 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ "Members", www.givingwhatwecan.org

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