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Christopher Cowley

BA (London), MA (Montréal), PhD (Bristol).
Lecturer in Philosophy  

Email:  christopher.cowley.AT.ucd
Room:  D 518
Telephone:  01 716 8228

Ethical theory, applied ethics, and philosophy of value, broadly construed (political, religious, aesthetic, legal). 


'The Conjoined Twins and the Limits of Rationality in Ethics'  in:  Bioethics, vol. 17 no. 1, February 2003.

'Diane Pretty and the occasional impotence of justification in ethics' in: Ethical Perspectives, vol. 11 no. 4, 2004.

'A new rejection of moral expertise' in: Journal of Medicine, Healthcare and Philosophy, vol. 8 no. 3, January 2005.

'Changing one's mind on moral matters' in:  Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, vol. 8 no. 3, June 2005.

'A new defence of Williams's reasons-internalism'  in:  Philosophical Investigations, vol. 28 no. 4, October 2005.

'The dangers of medical ethics'  in:  Journal of Medical Ethics, vol. 31 no. 12, December 2005.

Why philosophers shouldn't teach medical ethics' in:  Discourse, vol. 5 no. 1, December 2005.

'The role of perspective in moral philosophy' in: Ethical Perspectives, vol. 13, no. 1, 2006.

'A renewed rejection of universalisability' in: Philosophical Writings, vol. 31, Spring 2006

'The last chapter in the story: a place for Aristotle's eudaemonia in the lives of the terminally ill' in: On-line Journal of Healthcare Ethics, vol. 1 no. 1, 2006.

'Narrative and the personal in ethics' in: Practical Philosophy, Vol. 8 no. 1, Summer 2006

'Polemic: five proposals for a medical school admissions policy' in: Journal of Medical Ethics, vol. 32, July 2006

'Suicide is neither rational nor irrational' in:  Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Vol. 9, no. 5, November 2006

'A critique of Nagel's account of agent-reasons' in: Philosophical Writings, vol. 42, Summer 2009

Justifying terminal care by ‘retrospective QALYs’’ in: Journal of Medical Ethics, vol. 36, no. 5, 2010

The irreducibility of the personal perspective in ethics’ in: Etica e politica, vol. 12 no. 1, 2010

'Moral philosophy and the real world' in: Analytic Teaching and Philosophical Praxis, vol. 31, 2010

'Why genuine forgiveness must be elective and unconditional' in: Ethical Perspectives, vol. 17 no. 4, December 2010

'Learning to love' in: Philosophical Topics, Vol. 38 no. 1, Spring 2011

‘Understanding another's wrongdoing' in: Philosophy and Literature, vol. 35 no. 1, April 2011

‘Depression, physician-assisted suicide and the Dutch Chabot case’ in: Cowley (ed.) Reconceiving Medical Ethics, Continuum 2012

'Expertise, wisdom and moral philosophers' in: Bioethics, vol. 26 no. 6, July 2012

‘Euthanasia in psychiatry can never be justified’ in: Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics vol. 34(3) June 2013



Medical Ethics: Ordinary Concepts, Ordinary Lives, Palgrave Macmillan 2008

[for a review of this book see McNamee M., 'Review' in: Philosophical Investigations, vol. 32, no. 4, 2009.

Moral Responsibility, Routledge 2013

Edited volume

Reconceiving Medical Ethics, Continuum Press 2012