1992 …2022
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Associate 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), 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 in international journals on the ethics of clinical trials, informed consent, surrogate motherhood, surgeon report cards, whistleblowing, reproductive cloning, and various topics in ethical theory. 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 philosophy subject on the moral psychology of evil. He is currently working on a project on virtue ethics and medical conflicts of interest, and a project on the moral significance of genetic parenthood and the regulation of assisted reproduction.

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Projects 2003 2022

Research Output 1992 2018

Playing for fun, training for war: Can popular claims about recreational video gaming and military simulations be reconciled?

Sparrow, R., Harrison, R., Oakley, J. & Keogh, B., 2018, In : Games and Culture: a journal of interactive media. 13, 2, p. 174-192 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Would you be willing to zap your child's brain? Public perspectives on parental responsibilities and the ethics of enhancing children with transcranial direct current stimulation

Wagner, K., Maslen, H., Oakley, J. & Savulescu, J., 2018, In : AJOB Empirical Bioethics. 9, 1, p. 29-38 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Remote scenarios and warranted virtue attributions

Oakley, J., 1 Jan 2017, Virtue's Reasons: New Essays on Virtue, Character, and Reasons. Birondo, N. & Braun, S. S. (eds.). New York NY USA: Taylor & Francis, p. 32-48 17 p. (Routledge Studies in Ethics and Moral Theory).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Diagnosing true virtue? Remote scenarios, warranted virtue attributions, and virtuous medical practice

Oakley, J., 1 Feb 2016, In : Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics. 37, 1, p. 85-96 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Oakley, J., 1 Jun 2016, In : Monash Bioethics Review. 34, 2, p. 99-100 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialOtherpeer-review


ACU Eureka Prize for Research in Ethics

Justin Oakley (Recipient), 2004

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2002 2014

  • 2 Editorial responsibility
  • 1 Committees and working groups

Acumen Publishing (Publisher)

Justin Oakley (Editor in chief)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

Deputy Chair, Advisory Board

Justin Oakley (Fellow)
2011 → …

Activity: External Academic EngagementCommittees and working groups

Monash Bioethics Review (Journal)

Justin Oakley (Editor in chief)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility