Dr. Jeremy Williams BA (Oxon), MSc, PhD (LSE)


Birmingham Fellow
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Department of Philosophy

Jeremy Williams

Contact details

ERI Building
University of Birmingham
Birmingham B12 8QP


I joined the Philosophy Department at Birmingham in September 2011, as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, and became a Birmingham Fellow in January 2013. My research interests are in moral and political philosophy, and I am currently working on a book project about public justification and ethics. I have previously published on sex-selective abortion, the relationship between abortion and procreative ethics, and the allocation of rights over frozen embryos. Prior to coming to Birmingham I taught at the University of Reading (2009-10) and the Centre of Medical Law and Ethics at King’s College London (2010-11).


I hold a BA in Modern History and Politics from Oxford, and an MSc and PhD in Political Theory, both from the London School of Economics.


I wrote my doctoral thesis on the ethics of abortion, in which I have a continuing interest.  My current research project aims to determine how, in a liberal democracy marked by deep yet reasonable disagreement among citizens on questions such as the value of life, what it means to die, and what it means to be a person, we ought to conduct our political debates over abortion, euthanasia, preconception genetic diagnosis, and other biomedical issues.


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