From ACB to the Broom Closet – Stacey Broom

I did it. I submitted my PhD thesis. About a month ago I took the walk over to Otago University’s Clock Tower, and handed over three year’s worth of work. It was a strange feeling. I thought I’d be jumping for joy. I wasn’t. In fact, if I really had to name an emotion, it […]

A Better Path to Enhancement? -Stacey Broom

A Better Path to Enhancement? PhD Thesis Abstract: The way that bioethicists use the term ‘human enhancement’ is far from clear.  Much work needs to be done to ensure that those within the enhancement debate are not letting discussions slip by them because they are lacking a shared definition.  Some bioethicists, such as Julian Savulescu […]

Caring for autonomous Being: identity, addiction and dementia – Lynne Bowyer

Caring for autonomous Being: identity, addiction and dementia PhD Thesis Abstract: In this thesis I call into question the metaphysical assumptions that inform western thought and which dominate our understanding of the world and ourselves within it. I argue that the abstract theoretical orientation of western metaphysics is inherently flawed, generating concepts and structures of […]

What do we owe to others? – Stacey Broom

This post isn’t bioethics, but rather ethics more generally (though certainly it could be brought around to bioethics only I don’t want to make the post too long). But since I said there would be a post before Christmas, here it is. (Everyone else was busy so you’re stuck with another post by me!) I […]

What is Bioethics? A Conversation – By Professor Grant Gillett

Professor Grant Gillett has kindly offered us his more than half-baked conversation on ‘What is Bioethics?’  Comments and feedback are welcome. A: Bioethics, what is that? Philosophy I know, psychology I know, sociology I know, even anthropology I have a passing acquaintance with although I do not like to admit to it in proper academic […]

Disconnect between memories and experiences, why Mondays aren’t so blue – By Stacey Broom

I came across an article, ‘Mondays Aren’t as Blue as We Think,’ which I found quite interesting.  Essentially what the author, Arthur A. Stone, says is that our feelings about experiences can be retrospective, in that what we remember of the experience shapes how we feel about the experience.  Rather than our actual experiences shaping […]