Dr Anthony Wrigley

Title: Senior Lecturer, Centre for Professional Ethics
Phone: +44 (0)1782 733143
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Location: CBC 2.013
Role: Director of Post Graduate Studies
Course Director MA/PgDip Medical Ethics and Palliative Care
Course Director Professional Doctorate in Medical Ethics
Contacting me: Email me to make an appointment

I studied Philosophy at the University of Leeds, receiving my PhD in 2001. I have 19 years’ experience in teaching ethics, with over ten years specialist focus on teaching biomedical and research ethics. I have taught at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as supervising research students and providing training in research ethics to the NHS and HE Institutions.  I previously taught philosophy at Leeds, York, and Manchester Universities before taking up a post at Keele in 2002. Initially, I was part of the Philosophy programme, from where I went on to join the Centre for Professional Ethics in 2004. My research engages with issues in applied ethics, especially bioethics, from a philosophical perspective; often linking issues in metaphysics with problems of ethics. My major research topics include questions on the margins of life (reproductive and end of life ethics), personhood, concepts in bioethics (the nature of disease, illness and vulnerability), moral authority and autonomy, extended decision-making, and the nature of expertise in ethics. I also engage in the critical ethical evaluation of legislation and policy on matters of biomedical and research ethics.

My work divides into three main areas:

Biomedical Ethics and Research Ethics:

End of life ethics: end of life care, hope and terminal illness, extended decision-making, autonomy; advance directives and proxy consent.

Reproductive ethics: the Non-identity problem and harm to future generations; genetics and identity; abortion and personhood.

Concepts in bioethics: concepts of disease and illness, especially realism and error-theory about mental illness; personhood; monstrosity; autonomy and moral authority; the nature of vulnerability; the foundations of population groups.

The nature of bioethics: counterfactual reasoning in practical ethics; expertise in ethics.

Ethics and Policy/Law:

Ethical appraisals of legislation and policy governing medicine in areas such as advance directives/proxy decision-making, mental health, and end of life care.

Metaphysics, philosophical and applied:

Realism and anti-realism debates; conceptual analysis.

 

Selected Publications

  • Wrigley AJ and Dawson, A. 2016. “Vulnerability and Marginalised Populations”. In Public Health Ethics: Cases Spanning the Globe. (vol. 3). Springer. doi> link>
  • Wrigley AJ, Newson AJ, Wilkinson S. 2016. Ethical and Legal Issues in Mitochondrial Transfer. EMBO Molecular Medicine. doi>
  • Wrigley AJ and Newson, AJ. Being Human: The Ethics, Law, and Scientific Progress of Genome Editing. AQ - Australian Quarterly, vol. 87(1), 3-8. link>
  • Wrigley A, Wilkinson S, Appleby JB. 2015. Mitochondrial Replacement: Ethics and Identity. Bioethics, vol. 29(9), 631-638. link> doi>
  • Wrigley A. 2015. An Eliminativist Approach to Vulnerability. Bioethics, vol. 29(7), 478-487. link> doi>

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Books

  • Priaulx N and Wrigley A. Priaulx N and Wrigley A (Eds.). 2013. Ethics, Law and Society. (vol. V). Ashgate Publishing, Ltd..
  • Hughes J, Hunter D, Sheehan M, Wilkinson SD, Wrigley A. Hughes J (Ed.). 2010. European Textbook on Ethics in Research. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union. doi> link>
  • Hughes J, Hunter D, Sheehan M, Wilkinson S, Wrigley AJ. 2010. Syllabus on Ethics in Research. Publications Office of the European Union. doi> link>

Journal Articles

  • Wrigley AJ, Newson AJ, Wilkinson S. 2016. Ethical and Legal Issues in Mitochondrial Transfer. EMBO Molecular Medicine. doi>
  • Wrigley AJ and Newson, AJ. Being Human: The Ethics, Law, and Scientific Progress of Genome Editing. AQ - Australian Quarterly, vol. 87(1), 3-8. link>
  • Wrigley A, Wilkinson S, Appleby JB. 2015. Mitochondrial Replacement: Ethics and Identity. Bioethics, vol. 29(9), 631-638. link> doi>
  • Wrigley A. 2015. An Eliminativist Approach to Vulnerability. Bioethics, vol. 29(7), 478-487. link> doi>
  • Wrigley AJ. 2014. Moral Authority and Proxy Decision-Making. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, vol. 18(3), 631-647. doi>
  • Priaulx N, Weinel M, Wrigley A. 2016. Rethinking Moral Expertise. Health Care Anal, vol. 24(4), 393-406. link> doi>
  • Wrigley AJ. 2014. Ethics and End of Life Care: the Liverpool Care Pathway and the Neuberger Review. Journal of Medical Ethics, vol. 41(8), 639-643. doi>
  • Wrigley AJ. 2013. “Berit Brogaard’s Transient Truths: An Essay in the Metaphysics of Propositions”. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, vol. 92(1). doi>
  • Wrigley A. 2013. Limitations on personhood arguments for abortion and ‘after-birth abortion’. Journal of Medical Ethics, vol. 39. doi>
  • Wrigley AJ. 2012. Harm To Future Persons: Non-Identity Problems and Counterpart Solutions. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, vol. 15(2), 175-190. doi>
  • Wrigley AJ. 2011. The Problem of Counterfactuals in Substituted Judgement Decision-Making. The Journal of Applied Philosophy, vol. 28(2), 169-187. doi>
  • WRIGLEY AJ and Dawson A. 2010. A Dead Proposal: Levi and Green on Advance Directives. The American Journal of Bioethics, vol. 10(4), 23-24. doi>
  • Dawson A and Wrigley A. 2010. A dead proposal: Levi and Green on advance directives. Am J Bioeth, vol. 10(4), 23-24. link> doi>
  • WRIGLEY AJ and Garrard E. 2009. Hope and terminal illness: false hope versus absolute hope. Clinical Ethics, vol. 4(1), 38-43. doi>
  • WRIGLEY AJ. 2009. Review of the metaphysics of everyday life by Lynne Rudder Baker. Analysis, vol. 69(2), 370-372.
  • Wrigley A. 2007. Personal Identity, Autonomy and Advance Statements. Journal of Applied Philosophy, vol. 24(4), 381-396. doi>
  • Wrigley A. 2007. Proxy consent: moral authority misconceived. Journal of Medical Ethics, vol. 33(9), 527-531. doi>
  • Wrigley A. 2007. Realism and Anti-Realism about Mental Illness. Philosophical Papers, vol. 36(3), 371-397.
  • Wrigley A. 2007. Review of Intensionality. The History and Philosoph of Logic, vol. 28(2), 176-178. doi>
  • Wrigley A. 2006. Genetic Selection and Modal Harms. The Monist, vol. 89(4), 505-525. doi>
  • Wrigley A. 2006. Abstracting Propositions. Synthese, vol. 151(2), 157-176. doi>
  • Wrigley A. 2006. Review of Why there is Something rather than Nothing by Bede Rundle. Philosophical Books, vol. 47(1), 78-79. doi>
  • Wrigley A. 2005. Review of The Cambridge Companion to Bertrand Russell. N. Griffin Ed. 2005. British Journal for the History of Philosophy, vol. 13(1), 193-196. doi>
  • Wrigley A. 2004. Review of 'Ontology' by Dale Jacquette. Philosophical Books, vol. 45(1), 56-58.
  • Wrigley A. 2007. Intensionality. HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF LOGIC, vol. 28(2), 176-178. link>
  • Wrigley AJ and Newson AJ. Is Mitochondrial Donation Germ-Line Gene Therapy? Classifications and Ethical Implications. Bioethics.

Chapters

  • Wrigley AJ and Dawson, A. 2016. “Vulnerability and Marginalised Populations”. In Public Health Ethics: Cases Spanning the Globe. (vol. 3). Springer. doi> link>
  • Wrigley AJ. Body Politics. In Ethics, Law and Society, Vol. V. Priaulx, N and Wrigley A (Eds.). Ashgate.
  • Wrigley AJ. Body Politics. In Ethics, Law and Society, Vol. V. Priaulx, N and Wrigley A (Eds.). Ashgate.
  • Wrigley AJ and Priaulx N. Introduction. In Ethics, Law and Society Volume V. Ashgate.
  • Wrigley AJ. Privacy and Confidentiality. In European Textbook on Ethics in Research. Publications Office of the European Union. doi>
  • Wrigley AJ. Vulnerable and Non-Competent Subjects. In European Textbook on Ethics in Research. Publications Office of the European Union. doi>

Other

  • Wrigley AJ. 2014. An Ethical Defence of the Liverpool Care Pathway.
  • Wrigley AJ and Newson AJ. Genome editing poses ethical problems that we cannot ignore.
  • Wrigley AJ. Human Experiments - the good, the bad, and the ugly.
  • Wrigley AJ and Newson AJ. Identifying key developments, issues and questions relating to techniques of genome editing with engineered nucleases.
  • Wrigley AJ, Ravitsky V, Appleby J, Wilkinson S, Bredenoord A. The ethics of mitochondrial replacement.

Postgraduate Research

I currently supervise both PhD students and DMedEth students.

I am able to supervise students on a wide range of applied ethics topics. I particularly welcome proposals relating to foundational issues in bioethics, such as questions surrounding issues of death and dying, genetics and reproductive ethics, harm, personal identity, matters relating to extended decision-making (e.g. the limits of autonomy, advance directives, proxy consent), and concepts in bioethics.

I am Programme Director of the Professional Doctorate in Medical Ethics (DMedEth)

Postgraduate PgDip/MA 
I am Director of Postgraduate Studies for the School of Law.

I am Programme Director of the PgDip/MA in Medical Ethics and Palliative Care.

I teach and am able to supervise MA dissertations on the following programmes:

Medical Ethics and Law                                             PG/Dip and MA
Medical Ethics and Palliative Care                             PG/Dip and MA

Knowledge Transfer - Research Ethics
I can provide training in research ethics to HE institutions and hospitals in the UK and Eire.

I hold a range of University administrative roles, such as Vice Chair of the University Research Ethics Committee and committee member of the Centre for Law, Ethics and Society within the Research Institute of Law, Politics and Justice.

I am co-editor (with Nicky Priaulx, Cardiff University) of the Ethics, Law and Society series, published by Ashgate.

I was the Reviews Editor for the British Journal for the History of Philosophy (2003 - 04) and a on the editorial review board for the Journal of Medical Law and Ethics.

I have reviewed numerous papers for academic journals, including: Mind; Bioethics; The Journal of Medical Ethics; The Journal of Applied Philosophy; Ethical Theory and Moral Practice; Medicine, Healthcare and Philosophy; The Journal of Bioethical Inquiry; Public Health Ethics; The Australasian Journal of Philosophy; Synthese; Theoria.

I have also reviewed philosophy texts for Blackwell, OUP, Polity, and Routledge publishers and reviewed grant applications for the Wellcome Trust. 

I am an external examiner for the following programmes:

                MSc in Healthcare Ethics and Law, University of Bristol (2012 -)

                MA in Applied Ethics , University of Hull (2010 -)

                MRes in Philosophy, University of Hull (2014 -)