Douglas McConnell


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Doug McConnell is an ARC DECRA fellow working on his project, "Rewriting Moral Character and Professional Virtue". He completed his PhD at Macquarie University in 2014 and has recently returned to Macquarie after five years working as a Research Fellow at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford.

Research interests

Doug works on various topics in moral psychology, philosophy of psychiatry, bioethics, and applied philosophy. He is particularly interested in how the content and structure of self-narratives influence agency. He has explored this topic in the context of addiction and has recently begun to consider the implications for moral agency more generally. As part of this work, he is collaborating with psychologists to improve our understanding of how moral identity influences behaviour.

Doug's main focus in practical ethics has been to develop a strategy for managing the conscientious objections of healthcare workers (e.g. to providing abortions). He is also interested in the closely related topic of the value of conscience. Which conditions, if any, must obtain for a conscience to have value?


External positions

Research Fellow, University of Oxford

31 Oct 000830 Nov 2030


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