Dr Sean Cordell BA Hons. (Open), MA, PhD (Sheffield)

 

TissEU Research Fellow

Department of Philosophy

Dr Sean Cordell

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About

I am a Research Fellow working with Heather Widdows on the Tiss.EU project, a Europe wide project which looks at all aspects of the procurement, transfer and storage of human genetic material. As the project’s UK project partners, Professor Heather Widdows and I are concerned specifically with the ethics and governance of biobanks (collections of human genetic material stored and used for research), a Europe wide project which looks at all aspects of the procurement, transfer and storage of human genetic material. As the project’s UK project partners, Professor Heather Widdows and I are concerned specifically with the ethics and governance of biobanks (collections of human genetic material stored and used for research).

Biography

Having completed a BA Hons degree with the Open University, I went to do an MA in Philosophy and then a PhD at the University of Sheffield, where I completed my doctoral thesis – on political problems with contemporary virtue ethics in 2010. There I have also taught on a range of topics in philosophy and applied ethics and was the editorial assistant for the European Journal of Philosophy.

Research

My research is in two general areas: one is bioethics, and the other is social and political philosophy, ethics and their intersection.  In particular, for example, I am  working on the way in which the functions of public institutions shape standards of ethical conduct for individuals by determining the obligations of particular social and professional roles

Publications

  • (With Heather Widdows)‘Constructing Effective Ethical Frameworks for Biobanking’, Dilemata: International Journal of Applied Ethics 4, pp. 15-31.
  • ‘The Function of The Biobanking Institution and Its Place In Bioethics’, forthcoming in a special issue of Health Care Analysis.
  • Review of Aristotelian Philosophy: Ethics and Politics from Aristotle to MacIntyre by Kelvin Knight, in Journal of Moral Philosophy, 2009, Volume 6, number 1.
  • ‘Virtuous Persons and Social Roles and the Institutio Shaped Gap in Virtue Ethics’, under revision for Journal of Social Philosophy

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