Ben Davies

Department of Philosophy

Lecturer in Political Philosophy

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Ben Davies
Department of Philosophy
45 Victoria Street
S3 7QB

Ben joined the Department of Philosophy in September 2023 as Lecturer in Political Philosophy. Before that, he was a Research Fellow at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford, as well as teaching in Leeds and the US. He studied at King’s College London and the University of Edinburgh.

Research interests

Ben is primarily interested in the ethics and politics of health care. In the past, this has included topics such as intergenerational justice; patient and practitioner responsibility; and the idea of ‘sufficiency’ in health provision. He is now developing work on how democratic health priority-making decisions should be, and what this would look like in practice. He is interested in working with people who work in healthcare priority-setting at any level. 

As well as this central focus, Ben has research interests in: 

  • Ageing
  • Animal ethics
  • Autonomy
  • Disability, especially its challenge to mainstream ethics and political theory
  • Discrimination
  • Professional ethics
  • Satisficing
  • Well-being and prudence

He is happy to hear from MA and PhD students interested in these topics, or other topics in bioethics broadly construed. 


Journal articles


  • Davies B & Douglas T (2022) Learning to Discriminate: The Perfect Proxy Problem in Artificially Intelligent Criminal Sentencing In Ryberg J & Roberts JV (Ed.), Sentencing and Artificial Intelligence RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

Please get in touch if you are interested in being supervised in topics in political philosophy and applied ethics, especially related to health and health care, broadly construed.

Teaching activities

PHI350/PHI6009 Global Justice (Autumn)

PHI21001 Topics in Political Philosophy (Spring)