Russell Blackford – curriculum vitae
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Academic background and professional qualifications
BA (Hons 1) -
Ph.D in English literature -
Ph.D in philosophy –
Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of
Department of English,
Various positions in labour relations and professional legal practice (1983-2001).
· Freelance writer and editor.
· Fellow, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies.
Areas of specialisation
Philosophical bioethics; legal and political philosophy; philosophy of religion.
Areas of competence
Moral philosophy generally; philosophy of science, particularly philosophy of biology; metaphysics; representation of philosophy and science in literature, art, and popular culture.
Selected academic publications
· "Moral pluralism versus the total view: Why Singer is wrong about radical life extension." Journal of Medical Ethics 35 (2009): 747-52.
50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists. Co-ed. with Udo Schuklenk.
· "Trite Truths About Technology: A Reply to Ted Peters." The Gobal Spiral 9, 9 (February 2009). Available at URL http://www.metanexus.net/magazine/tabid/68/id/10681/Default.aspx
"Embracing The Unkown Future: In Defence of New Technology." Human
Futures: Art In An Age of Uncertainty, ed. Andy
· "Rendezvous with Utopia: Two Versions of the Future in the Rama Novels." Colloquy 14 (2007): 21-29.
· "Slippery Slopes to Slippery Slopes: Therapeutic Cloning and the Criminal Law." American Journal of Bioethics 7, 2 (February 2007): 63-64.
· "Differing Vulnerabilities: The Moral Significance of Lockean Personhood." American Journal of Bioethics (AJOB-Neuroscience) (January 2007): 7, (1) (January 2007): 70-71.
· "Sinning against Nature: The Theory of Background Conditions." Journal of Medical Ethics 32 (2006): 629-34.
· "Dr. Frankenstein meets Lord Devlin: Genetic Engineering and the Principle of Intangible Harm." The Monist 89 (2006): 526-47.
· "Stem cell research on other worlds, or why embryos do not have a right to life." Journal of Medical Ethics 32 (2006): 177-80.
"Greg Egan." A Companion to
Science Fiction. Ed. David Seed.
· "Human Cloning and 'Posthuman' Society." Monash Bioethics Review 24 (2005): 10-26.
Fear Death? Epicurean and Modern Arguments." Ed. Immortality Institute. The Scientific Conquest of Death: Essays on
"Try the Blue Pill: What's Wrong with Life in a
Simulation?" Jacking In to the
Matrix Franchise: Cultural Reception and Interpretation. Ed. Matthew Kapell
and William Doty.
· "Mutants, Cyborgs, AI & Androids." Meanjin 63, 1 (2004): 14-21.
Than You Think: Arthur C. Clarke's Profiles
of the Future." Prefiguring Cyberculture: An Intellectual
History. Ed. Darren Tofts, Annemarie Jonson, and Alessio Cavellaro.
· "Thinking about Cloning: A Reply to Judith Thomson." Journal of Law and Medicine 9 (2001): 238-50.
Editor-in-chief of The Journal of Evolution and Technology
Referee for the following peer-reviewed journals:
· International Journal of Technoethics
· Journal of Medical Ethics.
· Monash Bioethics Review.
· Open Ethics Journal.
· Science Fiction Studies.
· Utopian Studies.
Work in progress
Work associated with my recently-approved doctoral dissertation on emerging technologies and human enhancement. The dissertation is entitled Human Enhancement: The Challenge to Liberal Tolerance. It argues that an unnecessarily restrictive approach has been taken to the regulation of such technologies as pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, human cloning, and genetic engineering.
50 Voices of Disbelief, co-edited with Udo Schuklenk, contains new essays by high-profile atheists (philosophers, creative writers, and others). This was published by Wiley-Blackwell in October 2009. The same publisher has expressed interest in a proposed book on freedom of religion.
Research generally revolves around questions relating to the future of humanity, including the regulation of new technologies and the future prospects for law, political organisation, culture and literature, science, and religious belief.
Blackford was born in
In addition to his interests in philosophy and philosophical bioethics, Russell is a professionally published writer, and a well-known critic, in the field of science fiction and fantasy. His other interests include travel and cinema. For more information, see his personal web site: http://www.russellblackford.com.