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Dr Michael Wee

BA PhD (Dunelm) MSt (Oxon)

Associate Research Fellow

Dr Michael Wee is an Associate Research Fellow at the Anscombe Bioethics Centre, and is assisting the Centre’s project on ‘Advance Decisions and Ethical Choices’. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford’s Neuroscience, Ethics and Society (NEUROSEC) group, based in the Department of Psychiatry. He obtained his PhD in Philosophy from Durham University, with a thesis entitled Action and Necessity: Wittgenstein’s On Certainty and the Foundations of Ethics. He was previously Education and Research Officer of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre from 2016 to 2021. He has been a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life since 2020.

Contact: associate@bioethics.org.uk

Select Publications

Journal Articles

Solidarity and Subsidiarity as Principles for Public Health’, National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 22/2 (2022), 221–9.  

Anscombe’s Moral Epistemology and the Relevance of Wittgenstein’s Anti-Scepticism’, Enrahonar 64 (2020), 81–100.  

‘Euthanasia, Withdrawing Treatment and the Concept of Intention’, Law & Justice 182 (2019), 7–24.  

Book Chapters

Therapy, Enhancement and the Social Model of Disability’ in Danielle Sands (ed.), Bioethics and the Posthumanities (Abingdon: Routledge, 2022), 15–24.  

‘The Rational Body: A Thomistic perspective on parenthood and posthumanism’ in Calum MacKellar and Trevor Stammers (eds), The Ethics of Generating Posthumans (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2022), 145–58.  

Other Publications (Selected) 

Commentary on the Vatican document ‘Samaritanus Bonus: On the Care of Persons in the Critical and Terminal Phases of Life’, Law & Justice 187 (2021), 141–5.  

Can you be denied a kidney because you’re not vaccinated against COVID-19?’, Channel News Asia, 18 Nov 2021.  

Public Mental Health and the Ethics of COVID-19 Lockdowns’, Anscombe Bioethics Centre COVID-19 Briefing Papers, 2020. 

Coronavirus and the misuse of “do not resuscitate” orders’, The Spectator, 6 May 2020.  

Reshaping Mental Health Through the Virtues: Promises and Challenges’ (co-authored with Saïk de La Motte), Insight Series, Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues (Jan 2020).  

The Tafida Raqeeb case and the trouble with “best interests”', Catholic Medical Quarterly, 69/4 (Nov 2019). 

Elizabeth Anscombe's Philosophy of the Human Person’, Public Discourse, 17 Mar 2019.

Natural Family Planning and the Myth of Catholic Contraception’, Church Life Journal, 12 Mar 2018.

Genetics, identity and three-parent babies’, The Straits Times, 7 July 2017, A24.

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