Skip to content Exit mobile menu

Richard Playford

Lecturer - Religious Studies

Richard Playford

About Research

Tel: 020 8240 4000 (1045)


Dr Richard Playford is a lecturer in religious studies. His research interests include ethics, bioethics, metaphysics and philosophy of religion.


PhD: It’s For Your Own Good: Natural Law and the Good Life at the University of Reading (2016). Submitted with viva voce examination on 22/03/2017.

Supervisors: David S. Oderberg and Philip Stratton-Lake (University of Reading). Examiners: Luke Elson (University of Reading) and Edward Harcourt (University of Oxford).

Masters: MA in Philosophy at the University of Birmingham (2013)

Bachelors: BA (Hons) in Philosophy with Ancient History at the University of Exeter (2012)

FRSA (2015)

Previous Employment

2017 - 2018 Lecturer at the WEA Reading Branch

2014 - 2017 Sessional Lecturer at the University of Reading


Research profile

Papers Published

Playford RC, Roberts T, Playford ED. (2014) ‘Deontological and utilitarian ethics: a brief introduction in the context of disorders of consciousness.’ Disability and Rehabilitation. Dec 8:1-6.

Playford, Richard C. (2018) ‘Book Review: Julius Rocca (ed.) Teleology In The Ancient World: Philosophical And Medical Approaches’ Ratio. Vol. 31, No. 2.

Playford, Richard C. & Playford, E. Diane (2018) ‘What am I? A philosophical account of personhood and its applications to people with brain injury’ Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. DOI: 10.1080/09602011.2018.1456939

Playford, Richard C. (2018) ‘Elective abandonment: a male counterpart to abortion’ The New Bioethics Vol. 24, No. 2, pp. 122-134. DOI: 10.1080/20502877.2018.1472853

Playford, Richard C. (2018) ‘No It Isn’t: A Response To Law On Evil Pleasure’ Ethic@ Vol. 17, No. 1, pp. 1-12. DOI: 10.5007/1677-2954.2018v17n1p1

Invited Talks Presented

MANCEPT conference September 2015: Elective Abandonment: A Male Legal Equivalent to Abortion (for the ‘Parental rights in non-ideal circumstances’ workshop.)

Conferences and Talks Attended

Institute of Philosophy: Practical Reasoning Seminar: David Owens (Reading) Habitual Agency. Kings College London, Room 246, second floor, Senate House, WC1. 24 March 2014

The Edward Cadbury Lectures: God Over All. William Lane Craig. Hosted by the John Hick Centre for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Birmingham. 16 March - 20 March 2015

Centre for Philosophy of Religion at Heythrop College: New Models of Religious Understanding. Heythrop College, Kensington Square, London, W8 5HN. 13 June 2015

Other Professional Activities

Sept 2018 – Present: Member of the Centre for Bioethics and Emerging Technologies (CBET) at St Mary’s University.

Sept 2014 – August 2015: Postgraduate Research Student Representative for the philosophy department.

14th - 16th Sept 2016: BPPA Conference Organiser at the University of Reading. Total number of speakers: 34. Total funding raised: £4450. Keynote speakers: Brad Hooker, William MacAskill, David Papineau and Laurie Paul.

14th Sept 2016: Public debate organiser between William MacAskill and Brad Hooker on Effective Altruism.

Media enquiries

For media enquiries, please contact our Press Office Team by emailing