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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)
2017 - 2018 Lecturer at the WEA Reading Branch
2014 - 2017 Sessional Lecturer at the University of Reading
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.