Jonathan Pugh

jonathan pugh
Nov 2020-Present On secondment to the Pandemic Ethics Accelerator Project 
Feb 2020- Nov 2020 Parfit-Radcliffe Richards Fellowship 
Feb 2017- Feb 2020   Wellcome Trust Society and Ethics Fellowship, leading a project entitled: ‘The Ethics of Novel Therapeutic Applications of Deep Brain Stimulation’, Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford
Oct 2016 - Jan 2017                      Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Applied Moral Philosophy at The Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford, on the Wellcome Trust funded project ‘Mind and Machine’. 
Sept 2014 - Oct 2016 Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Applied Moral Philosophy at The Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, The University of Oxford, on the Wellcome Trust funded project “Neurointerventions in Crime Prevention: An Ethical Analysis.
2014 DPhil in Philosophy, University of Oxford


Pugh, 'Autonomy, Rationality & Contemporary Bioethics', OUP, 2021.
Pugh, Wilkinson, and Savulescu, 'Sense and Sensitivity – Can An Inaccurate Test Be Better Than No Test At All?', Journal of Medical Ethics, 2021 
Pugh, 'Genetic Information, Insurance, and A Pluralistic Approach To Justice', Journal of Medical Ethics, 2021
Pugh, Wilkinson, Palacios-Gonzalez, and Savulescu, ‘Beyond Individual Triage: Regional Allocation of Life-Saving Resources Such as Ventilators in Public Health Emergencies’. Health Care Analysis, 6 February 2021. 
Pugh, ‘The United Kingdom’s Coronavirus Act, Deprivations of Liberty, and The Right to Liberty and Security of the Person’. Journal of Law and the Biosciences, 2020.
Pugh, and C Pugh. ‘Neurostimulation, Doping, and the Spirit of Sport’. Neuroethics, 2020. 

Pugh, ‘Clarifying the Normative Significance of “Personality Changes” Following Deep Brain Stimulation’. Science and Engineering Ethics, 18 March 2020. 

Pugh, Kahane, and Savulescu, 'Bio-Conservatism, Partiality, and The Human Nature Objection to Enhancement', The Monist, 99:4, 2017.

Pugh & Maslen, 'Drugs That Make You Feel Bad’? Remorse-Based Mitigation and Neurointerventions', Criminal Law and Philosophy, 11:3, 2017. 

Pugh, 'Driven to Extinction? The Ethics of Eradicating Mosquitoes with Gene-Drive Technologies', Journal of Medical Ethics, 42:578-581. 2016


My research interests lie primarily in issues concerning personal autonomy in practical ethics, particularly topics pertaining to informed consent. I have also written on the ethics of human embryonic stem cell research, gene-editing technologies, and neuro-interventions. Since the end of 2020, I have been on secondment to the UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator project, addressing ethical questions raised by the COVID-19 pandemic.


I have previously delivered tutorials on the FHS Ethics and Practical Ethics paper. I have delivered lectures on the Mst in Practical Ethics, and guest lectures on the Medical Law and Ethics module for the BCL in the Law School, I have supervised a number of students on the Mst in Practical Ethics and BPhil, as well as visiting BMedSci students. I currently co-supervise one DPhil student (in the school of Psychiatry) and will co-supervise a further student in the Law faculty from Michaelmas term.