My research tends to lie within normative ethics, practical ethics and metaphysics. My doctoral research, funded by the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership, focuses on puzzles in beneficence. I am particularly interested in permissions and obligations we have to do less than best, and how these might map onto debates regarding longtermism. 


Outside of my doctoral research, I am interested in the practical application of ethical theory to public policy - especially health policy. I have research interests in the ethics of harming, particularly where it intersects with the metaphysics of death. I also work in personal identity, with a special interest in animalism.

Emma J Curran - Philosophy