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Professor Justin Oakley BA, PhD (Philosophy) is Deputy Director of Monash Bioethics Centre, at Monash University. He is the author of Morality and the Emotions (Routledge, 1993, re-issued 2020, Routledge Library Editions, Ethics), and Virtue Ethics and Professional Roles (with Dean Cocking) (Cambridge University Press, 2001), and is editor of Informed Consent and Clinician Accountability: The ethics of report cards on surgeon performance (with Steve Clarke) (Cambridge University Press, 2007), and Bioethics (Ashgate, International Library of Essays in Public and Professional Ethics, 2009). He has published articles on a variety of topics in ethics, applied ethics, and moral psychology, including virtue ethics, virtue attribution, shame, role-based evildoing, hope in healthcare, informed consent, surgeon report cards, the ethics of clinical trials, surrogate motherhood, and the ethics of pharmaceutical advertising. Justin is also co-editor of the quarterly refereed journal Monash Bioethics Review.

Justin teaches clinicians and other professionals in the Master of Bioethics course at Monash, along with an undergraduate subject on the moral psychology of evil. He is currently working on a book-length project on policy applications of virtue ethics in professional practice; a project on religion, pluralism, and healthcare practice; and a project on the moral significance of genetic parenthood and the regulation of assisted reproduction.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

  • Bioethics, Virtue Ethics, Ethical theory, Moral Psychology

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