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Dr Garrath Williams

Dr Garrath Williams

Senior Lecturer

County South
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YL


Tel: +44 1524 592427
Location: B74, County South
Office hours: No office hours in Lent or Summer terms 2013-14 - please contact by e-mail

Affiliations

Centre for Bioethics and Medical Law

My research interests fall across ethics, political theory and applied ethics. One of my main interests, in all three of these areas, is in the many facets of the concept of responsibility, alongside the role of institutions in moral and social life. In ethics, I also work on Kant, and in political theory, I have a special interest in Hannah Arendt. In applied ethics, I am involved in collaborative research on children, health and public policy, including the recently commenced EU-funded project I.Family which investigates diet and health-related behaviours in a large cohort of families across Europe. I have also worked on research ethics and the ethical issues in the storage and research of genetic materials. 

PhD Supervision Interests

I have research interests across normative ethics, political theory and applied ethics, and would be especially interested to hear from potential doctoral students considering research on Kant's practical philosophy, Hannah Arendt, and the philosophy of responsibility.

Current Teaching

I have taught moral philosophy, political thought and applied ethics. My recent teaching at Lancaster includes 

  • Continental Philosophy, on Nietzsche, Foucault and Arendt (PPR302, available in 2013-14) 
  • Philosophy of the Human Sciences, on philosophy of social science (PPR203, available in 2013-14)
  • Ethics, Philosophy and Religion (EPR100), on existentialism
  • Reading Political Theory, on Hobbes and Arendt (with Sam Clark)
  • Ethics, especially Kantian ethics
  • Bioethics

 I am on sabbatical in Lent and Summer terms 2013-14.

Profile

I took all my degrees at Manchester University - BA (Hons) in Philosophy and Politics, MA in Health Care Ethics, and my PhD (on theory of action in Kant's philosophy) in the Department of Government. I subsequently lectured in Political Theory in Manchester's Department of Government, then in philosophy at the Centre for Professional Ethics, University of Central Lancashire, before coming to Lancaster University.

I have held visiting fellowships at the University of St Andrews (in its Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairds), at the European Academy for the Study of the Consequences of Scientific and Technological Advances, Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany, and most recently at Copenhagen Business School's Department of Intercultural Communication and Management.

Research Interests

My main interest over the past several years has been the concept of responsibility. The concept brings together a number of fundamental areas of enquiry, not all of which have received much attention from philosophers. Contemporary philosophers have focussed on two related topics. One is the nature of responsible agency - especially what distinguishes sane adult human beings from other, non-responsible agents. The other is the justification of blame and punishment, as modes of holding people (or organisations) responsible for wrong-doing. I am also interested in two further topics: One is how we define and allocate responsibilities to people - not only general moral duties, but also more particular responsibilities attaching to particular social roles. The other concerns the virtue of responsibility: if all sane adults are responsible, it is still true that some are more responsible than others.

In the history of philosophy, I have worked on Kant (going back to my doctoral thesis), Hannah Arendt (editing four volumes of 'Critical Assessments' of her work), Nietzsche and Hobbes.

I also work in applied ethics, with colleagues in Lancaster's Centre for Bioethics and Medical Law. I am currently involved in an large EU funded project on childdren, diet and health, called I.Family. This follows an earlier project, IDEFICS, focussed on childhood obesity. Both projects are coordinated by BIPS (Bremer Instituts für Präventionsforschung und Sozialmedizin) and Bremen University. Previously, I have done training and consultancy in police ethics (with the Lancashire Constabulary), training and writing in research ethics, and research on the storage of genetic materials, especially from human donors.

Research Grants

I have been involved in a series of European funded collaborative projects relating to health and biotechnology, contributing especially in the ethics and public policy. I am currently Principal Investigator at Lancaster for the EU Framework 7 project I.Family - Determinants of eating behaviour in European children, adolescents and their parents, March 2012 to February 2017. Coordinated by Wolfgang Ahrens at Bremen University, this major collaborative project investigates the determinants of dietary and health-related behaviours in a large cohort of European families. Lancaster University is responsible for ethical aspects, policy implications and stakeholder involvement, and I sit on the project Steering Committee both as a chair and co-chair.

I.Family follows an earlier project, IDEFICS (Identification and prevention of dietary-and lifestyle-induced health effects in children and infants), funded by the EU under Framework 6 from 2007-2012. This was an epidemiological and intervention project on childhood obesity, involving over 16,000 children. Lancaster's contribution focussed on the ethical and public policy dimensions of the study and its findings. Again, I was Principal Investigator at Lancaster for this project and sat on the project Steering Committee as a co-chair.

Earlier projects in which I was involved include INES - Institutionalisation of Ethics in Science Policy (FP6) and Eurogenbank (FP4), on genetic banking in six European countries. I have also done training and consultancy in police ethics and in research ethics.

Additional Information

Follow me on Twitter: @GarrathWilliams

Office Hours

No office hours in Lent or Summer terms 2013-14 - please contact by e-mail

Selected Publications

Sharing responsibility and holding responsible

Williams, G. 11/2013 In: Journal of Applied Philosophy. 30, 4, p. 351-364 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Children as means and ends in large-scale medical research

Williams, G. 10/2012 In: Bioethics. 26, 8, p. 422-430 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Between ethics and right: Kantian politics and democratic purposes

Williams, G. 09/2012 In: European Journal of Philosophy. 20, 3, p. 479-486 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

"Who are we to judge?": on the proportionment of happiness to virtue

Williams, G. 01/2010 In: Philosophy. 85, 1, p. 47-66 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Responsibility as a Virtue.

Williams, G. 08/2008 In: Ethical Theory and Moral Practice. 11, 4, p. 455-470 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Dangerous victims: on some political dangers of vicarious claims to victimhood

Williams, G. 2008 In: Distinktion - Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory. 9, 2, p. 77-95 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Hannah Arendt: Critical Assessments of Leading Political Philosophers.

Williams, G.. & Williams, G. (ed.) 2006 London: Routledge. 1664 p. (Critical Assessments of Leading Political Philosophers)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2014

Timeliness, relevance, freedom: on Steve Buckler’s reading of Hannah Arendt

Williams, G. 1/07/2014 In: European Journal of Political Theory. 13, 3, p. 365-370 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Childhood obesity: ethical and policy issues

Voigt, K., Nicholls, S. & Williams, G. 25/04/2014 New York: Oxford University Press. 251 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Disclosure and responsibility in Arendt’s The Human Condition

Williams, G. 2014 In: European Journal of Political Theory.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2013

Maternal employment and childhood obesity: a European perspective

Gwozdz, W., Sousa-Poza, A., Reisch, L., Ahrens, W., Eiben, G., Fernández-Alvira, J., Hadjigeorgiou, C., De Henauw, S., Kovács, É., Lauria, F., Veidebaum, T., Williams, G. & Bammann, K. 07/2013 In: Journal of Health Economics. 32, 4, p. 728-742 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Sharing responsibility and holding responsible

Williams, G. 11/2013 In: Journal of Applied Philosophy. 30, 4, p. 351-364 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2012

The power of the people

Williams, G. 2/04/2012

Research output: Non-textual formWeb publication/site

Between ethics and right: Kantian politics and democratic purposes

Williams, G. 09/2012 In: European Journal of Philosophy. 20, 3, p. 479-486 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Children as means and ends in large-scale medical research

Williams, G. 10/2012 In: Bioethics. 26, 8, p. 422-430 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Responsibilities for Health Care: Kantian Reflections

Williams, G. & Chadwick, R. 04/2012 In: Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. 21, 2, p. 155-165 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Responsibility

Williams, G. 2012 Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics. Chadwick, R. (ed.). 2nd ed. San Diego: Academic Press, Vol. 3, p. 821-828 8 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2011

Introduction to part II: Society

Williams, G. & Krossa, A. 2011 Europe in a global context. Krossa, A. S. (ed.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 87-90 4 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

The IDEFICS community-oriented intervention programme: a new model for childhood obesity prevention in Europe?

Williams, G. & 21 others De Henauw, S., Verbestel, V., Mårild, S., Barba, G., Bammann, K., Eiben, G., Hebestreit, A., Iacoviello, L., Gallois, K., Konstabel, K., Kovács, É., Lissner, L., Maes, L., Molnár, D., Moreno, L. A., Reisch, L., Siani, A., Tornaritis, M., Ahrens, W., De Bourdeaudhuij, I. & Pigeot, I. 2011 In: International Journal of Obesity . 35, Supp 1, p. 16-23 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Philosophy

Williams, G. 2011 Europe in a global context. Krossa, A. S. (ed.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 50-61 12 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Hannah Arendt on Power

Williams, G. 2011 Encyclopedia of Power. Dowding, K. (ed.). London: Sage, p. 26-28 3 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Verantwortung [Hannah Arendt on Responsibility]

Williams, G. 2011 Hannah Arendt-Handbuch: Leben–Werk–Wirkung. Heuer, W., Heiter, B. & Rosenmüller, S. (eds.). Stuttgart: Metzler Verlag, p. 325-327 3 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Gewissen/Moral [Hannah Arendt on Conscience & Morality]

Williams, G. 2011 Hannah Arendt-Handbuch: Leben–Werk–Wirkung. Heuer, W., Heiter, B. & Rosenmüller, S. (eds.). Stuttgart: Metzler Verlag, p. 284-286 3 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

‘Intelligible facts’: toward a constructivist account of action and responsibility

Williams, G. 2011 Politics and Metaphysics in Kant. Baiasu, S., Williams, H. & Pihlström, S. (eds.). Cardiff: Wales University Press, p. 196-214 19 p. (Kantian Studies)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2010

Parental views on public-policy options regarding healthy eating

Wickins-Drazilova, D., Nicholls, S., Williams, G., Börnhorst, C., Grafström, L., De Henauw, S., Marild, S., Molnar, D., Moreno Aznar, L., Pigeot, I., Siani, A., Tornartis, M., Veidebaum, T. & Ahrens, W. 2010 Proceedings of the 9th Congress of the European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics: Global Food Security: Ethical and Legal Challenges. Casabona, C. M. R., San Epifanio, L. E. & Cirión, A. E. (eds.). Wageningen Academic Publishers, p. 184-188 5 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsConference contribution

Ethics and public policy.

Wickins-Drazilova, D. & Williams, G. 09/2010 Epidemiology of Obesity in Children and Adolescents: Prevalence and Etiology. Moreno Aznar, L., Pigeot, I. & Ahrens, W. (eds.). Springer, 450 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Moral responsibility.

Williams, G. 2010 In: Oxford Bibliographies Online: Philosophy.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

"Who are we to judge?": on the proportionment of happiness to virtue

Williams, G. 01/2010 In: Philosophy. 85, 1, p. 47-66 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2008

Responsibility as a Virtue.

Williams, G. 08/2008 In: Ethical Theory and Moral Practice. 11, 4, p. 455-470 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Kant's Account of Reason.

Williams, G. 12/09/2008 In: Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Dangerous victims: on some political dangers of vicarious claims to victimhood

Williams, G. 2008 In: Distinktion - Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory. 9, 2, p. 77-95 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2007

Judges in our own case: Kantian legislation and responsibility attribution

Williams, G. 2007 In: Journal of International Political Theory. 3, 1, p. 8-23

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Ethics and human relationality: between Arendt's accounts of morality.

Williams, G. 05/2007 In: HannahArendt.net - Journal for Political Thinking. 2007, 3, 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2006

Hannah Arendt: Critical Assessments of Leading Political Philosophers.

Williams, G.. & Williams, G. (ed.) 2006 London: Routledge. 1664 p. (Critical Assessments of Leading Political Philosophers)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Responsibility [Entry in the Internet Encylopedia of Philosophy].

Williams, G. 05/2006 In: Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

"Infrastructures of responsibility": the moral tasks of institutions

Williams, G. 05/2006 In: Journal of Applied Philosophy. 23, 2, p. 207-221 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Introduction

Williams, G. 2006 Hannah Arendt. Williams, G. (ed.). London: Routledge, Vol. 1, p. 1-22 22 p. (Critical assessments of leading political philosophers)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2005

Bioethics and large-scale biobanking: individualistic ethics and collective projects

Williams, G. 08/2005 In: Life Sciences, Society and Policy. 1, 2, p. 50-66 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The EU's independent agencies: institutionalising responsible European governance?

Williams, G. D. 1/03/2005 In: Political Studies. 53, 1, p. 82-99 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Ethical Issues: Overview

Levitt, M. & Williams, G. 2005 Encyclopedia of social measurement. Kempf-Leonard, K. (ed.). London: Elsevier, Vol. 1, p. 815-825 11 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Geoffrey Vickers: philosopher of responsibility.

Williams, G. 07/2005 In: Systems Research and Behavioral Science. 22, 4, p. 291-298 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2004

Praise and blame. (In the Internet Encylopedia of Philosophy).

Williams, G. 06/2004 Martin, Tennessee, USA: University of Tennessee at Martin

Research output: Other contribution

Human genetic banking and the limits of informed consent.

Williams, G. 2004 Reconfiguring nature: issues and debates in the new genetics. Glasner, P. (ed.). Aldershot: Ashgate, p. 148-166 19 p. (Cardiff papers in qualitative research)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Human genetic banking: altruism, benefit and consent.

Williams, G. & Schroeder, D. 04/2004 In: New Genetics & Society. 23, 1, p. 89-103 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Two approaches to moral responsibility: part two.

Williams, G. 2004 In: Richmond Journal of Philosophy. 7, p. 20-26 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Two approaches to moral responsibility: part one.

Williams, G. 2004 In: Richmond Journal of Philosophy. 6, p. 14-19 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2003

Blame and responsibility.

Williams, G. D. 12/2003 In: Ethical Theory and Moral Practice. 6, 4, p. 427-445 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

An empirical survey on biobanking of human genetic material and data in six EU countries.

Williams, G. 2003 Populations and genetics: legal and socio-ethical perspectives. Knoppers, B. M. (ed.). Leiden and Boston: Martinus Nijhoff, p. 141-167 27 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

An empirical survey on biobanking of human genetic material and data in six EU countries.

Hirtzlin, I., Dubreuil, C., Préaubert, N., Duchier, J., Jansen, B., Simon, J., Lobatao De Faria, P., Perez-Lezaun, A., Visser, B., Williams, G. D., Cambon-Thomsen, A. & EUROGENBANK consortium, T. 06/2003 In: European Journal of Human Genetics. 11, 6, p. 475-488 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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