Dr Emma Gordon
- Lecturer in Applied Ethics (Philosophy)
Room 403 (Level 4), Philosophy, 67-69 Oakfield Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8LP
You can find my personal website here.
I am a Lecturer in Applied Ethics in the Philosophy department at the University of Glasgow, and Head of Interdisciplinary Research at the Cogito Epistemology Research Centre. Before this, I was a research fellow at the Eidyn Research Centre, University of Edinburgh.
My main research interests are in applied ethics (bioethics, neuroethics, medical ethics, environmental ethics, ethics of technology, ethics of gender and race), normative ethics (moral psychology, trust, emotions, wellbeing), and epistemology (understanding, social epistemology, intellectual virtues and vices, assertion). My work is often interdisciplinary, combining philosophy with medicine (including pharmacology, dependence and addiction) and psychology (including counselling and psychotherapy).
My first monograph Human Enhancement and Well-Being: A Case for Optimism can be ordered from Routledge here (forthcoming 2022).
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Areas of Specialisation
- Applied ethics (bioethics, neuroethics, human enhancement, medical ethics, environmental ethics, ethics of technology)
- Normative ethics (moral psychology, trust, emotions, wellbeing)
- Epistemology (understanding, social epistemology, intellectual virtues and vices, assertion).
Areas of Competence
- Philosophy of emotion, political philosophy, philosophy of psychology, gender and race.
I am happy to supervise MSc and PhD students working on most topics in applied ethics (especially bioethics) and epistemology. My current PhD students at the University of Glasgow include:
- (2021-present) Adam Nicholson (Bioethics)
- (2021-present) Rory Aird* (Applied Epistemology) *=AHRC funded
- (2021-present) Louis Austin-Eames (Metaethics)
- (2020-present) Cian Brennan* (Bioethics) *=AHRC funded
- (2020-present): Daniella Meehan (Social Epistemology)
- (2020-present) Daniela Rusu (Applied Epistemology)
At the University of Edinburgh, I previously supervised:
- 2017-2019) Rie Iizuka (Social Epistemology)
- (2017-2019) Vivek Pachpande (Epistemology)
- (2017-2018) Adam Bricker (Epistemology/Philosophy of Mind).
- Aird, Rory
Combatting Conspiratorial Thinking through Ameliorative Epistemology
- Meehan, Daniella
Intellectual Vices and Epistemic Responsibility
[2021-2022] SH16 Contemporary Ethics (convenor and lecturer)
[2020-2021] SH16 Contemporary Ethics (convenor and lecturer)
[2019-2020] JH6 History of Moral Philosophy: Kant (lecturer)
[2019-2020] Philosophy 1B: What is Good? (lecturer)
[2019-2020] JH9 Moral Philosophy (seminar leader)
[2019-2020] SH16 Contemporary Ethics (convenor and lecturer)
[2019-2020] JH3 Epistemology (seminar leader)
[2019-2020] Philosophy 2A: Is My Mind My Brain? (lecturer)
Philosophy & Medicine
New pharmacological drugs and technologies are increasingly changing the possibilities we have for improving ourselves cognitively, as well as emotionally and morally. Coming to grips with how to think about when and under what circumstances to avail ourselves to opportunities for pharmacological bioenhancement raises questions that require input from both philosophy and medicine. My forthcoming book on enhancement and well-being (Routledge) draws from both of these areas in order to navigate the role medicine should (and shouldn’t) have in improving our lives. As of July 2020, I am collaborating with medical scholars on a range of supervision projects and co-authored papers. So far, I have supervised projects on cognitive enhancement and drug dependency, the role of psychedelics in moral development, the ethics of record-taking in mental health services, ADHD medication, and the ethics of post-traumatic stress disorder treatment. One co-authored paper on cognitive enhancement, cognitive integration and dependency (with L. Dunn) is now accepted at Neuroethcs with two paper on (1) memory and (2) enhancement at high altitude in preparation.
As Head of Interdisciplinary Research of the COGITO, I look forward to continuing to foster new collaborations between myself and other researchers at COGITO working on cognition and epistemic well being with medics and scientists exploring the empirical side of pharmacology. If you are interested in proposing a collaboration, please get in touch!
Philosophy & Psychology
Outside of philosophy, I am a part-time integrative psychotherapist trained in relationship counselling, and I have 1900+ hours of experience working with couples and individuals. I also have an increasing research interest in areas in which my counselling expertise might overlap with issues in ethics, such as: the transmission of understanding through testimony in counselling, and working with gender and sexual diversity in counselling (regarding which I received an extra qualification in June 2021 to complement my research), and working ethically with those who have different spiritual beliefs. Further, as of 2022, I am now a qualified casework supervisor, offering clinical supervision to six practicing psychotherapists.
In addition, I am lead Scientific Adviser on the 'Dimensions of Wellbeing' industry-funded research project at COGITO Glasgow. This project is the first of its kind to approach what is an important question in bioethics: ‘What is wellbeing’?—one that has wider implications for public policy beyond the academy—in a way that is seriously informed by work in contemporary epistemology, ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of biology, and psychology.
The Arts Concordat ECR Network
I am co-lead on the Arts Concordat ECR Network for the career support of early career researchers at the University of Glasgow. In this capacity, I (co-)organise career development workshops for postdoctoral researchers in the UoG College of Arts, and I am co-hosting the Peer Support Discord Channel of the network. Pleas get in touch if you want to know more about the support available.
Interdisciplinary Research at Cogito
I am Head of Interdisciplinary Research at the COGITO Research Centre. In this capacity, I currently oversee 11 research collaborations between COGITO researchers and researchers in medicine, law, psychology, neuroscience, business management, safety engineering, architecture, fine art, and computer science.