School of Histories, Languages and Cultures

ALMOND, Prof. Brenda

BA, MPhil (London), doc.hc. (Utrecht)



Emeritus Professor



Brenda Almond held posts in philosophy at various universities in the U.K. as well as visiting appointments in the USA and Australia. She taught at the University of Hull from 1986 and was Professor of Moral and Social Philosophy there from 1992 to 2001. She was awarded an honorary doctorate for her work in philosophy from Utrecht University in 1998 and was elected an overseas Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in 2000. She held the visiting Belle van Zuylen Chair in Philosophy at Utrecht University in 2003 and was a visiting University Fellow in the Centre for Applied Ethics at Hong Kong Baptist University in 2006.

Brenda has broad interests in philosophy and in theoretical ethics but is probably best known for her involvement in the promotion of applied philosophy and applied ethics. She was a founding member of the Society for Applied Philosophy, of which she is Vice-President, and founding Joint Editor of the Journal of Applied Philosophy. She is the author of a number of books or monographs, including The Philosophical Quest (Harmondsworth, Penguin, 1990, 1992), Exploring Ethics: a traveller's tale (Blackwell, 1998) and The Fragmenting Family (Oxford University Press, 2008). She has also published a large number of papers, journal articles, contributions to books, and articles in the national press. She served as a Member of the HFEA (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority) (1998-2001) and as a Member of the Human Genetics Commission (2002-2008). She was a member of the Family Law Review group which prepared the Policy Report Every Family Matters for the CSJ (Centre for Social Justice) in 2009 and has given evidence, published and oral, to Parliamentary Committees on bioethical issues. She became in 2013 editor-in-chief of a new European web journal De Ethica – a journal of philosophical, theological and applied ethics, published in cooperation with Societas Ethica, the European Society for Research in Ethics.

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