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Professor David Archard

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Professional Activity

I am Vice-President of the Society for Applied Philosophy, and was its Honorary Chair from 2005 to 2010. I am a  member of the Executive Committee of the British Philosophical Association from 2005 to 2008, and am currently a member of the British Philosophical Association Women in Philosophy Committee, and the British Executive Committee, China Philosophy Summer School: Australia, Britain, China.

I have been Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Professional Ethics, University of Melbourne: October - December 2000 and 2005;  Cole Scholar in Residence, University of South Florida, St Petersburg January 2006; Visiting Research Professor, Centre for Child Welfare, University of Bergen, Norway, 2007-2009; Distinguished Visiting Research Professor, Beijing Normal University, 200;  Visiting Research Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2008; and the Corti Fellow, Ethik-Zentrum, University of Zurich, 2013.

I serve on the Editorial Boards of The Journal of Applied Philosophy, Res Publica, Contemporary Political Theory, Impact, and the Wiley-Blackwell International Encyclopaedia of Ethics, am co-editor of the Routledge Contemporary Political Philosophy book series and principal editor of the Springer Ethics and Public Policy book series.

I have been a Member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Advisory Board since 2013. I currently chair the AHRC's 'Science in Culture' Advisory Group, and am also a member of the AHRC 'Public Policy Group'

Public Service

I was a Member and Deputy Chair, Nuffield Council on Bioethics Working Party ‘Critical Care Decisions in Fetal and Neonatal Medicine: Ethical Issues’ (September 2004 – Autumn 2006), and have been a Member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority since 2005. I am currently Chair of HFEA Statutory Approvals Committee and a member of the HFEA Ethics and Standards Committee.

Teaching Areas

Undergraduate: Philosophy and the Good Life; Moral Theories; Philosophy of Law; Applied Ethics

Postgraduate: Children’s Rights and Conceptions of Childhood


Applied ethics (especially Children, Family and the State); Philosophy, Public Policy and Democracy; Moral and Legal Philosophy.
I was Principal Investigator on an AHRC Care for the Future Exploratory Award, ‘Generating Justice: The social, ethical, legal and political problems of ensuring justice across generations’ (April-September 2013):

Selected Recent Publications


  • Procreation and Parenthood: The Ethics of Bearing and Rearing Children (Co-edited with David Benatar (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2010)
  • The Family: A Liberal Defence (Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan 2010)
  • Reading Onora O’Neill (Co-edited N. Manson, D., Weinstock & M. Deveaux) (London: Routledge, 2013)
  • Children, Rights and Childhood, 3rd edition (London: Routledge, 2015)


  • ‘The wrong of rape,’ Philosophical Quarterly, 57, Issue 228, (July 2007): 374-393
  • ‘Informed Consent: Autonomy and Self-Ownership,’ Journal of Applied Philosophy 25:1 (2008): 19-34
  • ‘Genetic Enhancement and Procreative Autonomy,’ Studies in Ethics, Law and Technology 1:1 (December 2007)
  • ‘Disgust, Offensiveness and the Law,’ Journal of Applied Philosophy 25:1 (2008): 1-8
  • ‘Balancing a Child’s Best Interests and a Child’s Views,’ (co-authored with Marit Skivenes) International Journal of Children’s Rights, 17:1 (2009): 1-21
  • ‘Why moral philosophers are not and should not be moral experts,’ Bioethics 25(3) (March 2011): 119-127
  • ‘Moral Compromise’, Philosophy 87, No. 341 (July 2012): 403-420
  • ‘Dirty Hands and the Complicity of a Democratic Public,’ Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 2012; available’Online First’ on SpringerLink: 
  • ‘Children, Adults, Best Interests and Rights,’ Medical Law International 13(1) 2013
  • ‘Insults, Free Speech and Offensiveness,’ Journal of Applied Philosophy,  31:2 (March 2014): 127-141


  • ‘Children’s Rights and Juvenile Justice,’ in M. Hill, A. Lockyer and F. Stone (eds.), Youth Justice and Child Protection (London and Philadelphia: Jessica Kinglsey Publishers, 2007): 250-265
  • ‘Criminalising the Use of Trafficked Prostitutes: Some Philosophical Issues,’ in Vanessa Munro (ed.) Demanding Sex? Critical reflections on the Regulation of Prostitution (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008): 149-162
  • ‘Criminalizing Medical Negligence,’ in Amel Alghrain, Rebecca Bennett and Suzanne Ost (eds.) Bioethics, Medicine and the Criminal Law: The Criminal Law and Bioethical Conflict: Walking the Tightrope: Volume 1 (Cambridge Bioethics and Law) (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012): 236-250
  • ‘Procreating,' in S. Luper (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Life and Death (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press  2014): 231-242
  • ‘Children, adults, autonomy and well-being,’ in A. Bagattini and C. Macleod (eds.) The Nature of Children's Well-Being (Dordrecht: Springer, 2015): 3-14