I joined the department in 2012 as a tenure-track assistant professor. My scholarship develops new solutions to problems in the history of ethics, contemporary bioethics, history and philosophy of mind, science, and technology, and comparative philosophy. I teach introduction to philosophy, modern and contemporary philosophy, bioethics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of technology, philosophy of science, and in spring 2014 am directing an independent study in African philosophy.

Educational Background

Ph.D. in Philosophy, Durham University (England), 2004.
M.A. in Philosophy, Durham University (England), 1998.
B.A. in Combined Studies in Arts (German, Philosophy, Russian Studies), Durham University (England), 1997.

About Durham University

Selected Publications

  • Rebecca Bamford. 2013 (in press). “Ecce Homo: Philosophical Autobiography in the Flesh,” in Duncan Large and Nicholas Martin (eds.), Nietzsche’s “Ecce Homo”, (Berlin and New York: de Gruyter).
  • Rebecca Bamford. 2013. "Just how cognitive is emotion? The continuing importance of the philosophy of emotion in enhancement ethics." American Journal of Bioethics-Neuroscience, January-March, 4(1), 18-19.
  • Rebecca Bamford. 2013. Review of Jessica Berry, Nietzsche and the Ancient Skeptical Tradition, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010), in Journal of the History of Philosophy 51(1), January, 138-140.
  • Rebecca Bamford. 2012. “Daybreak”, in Paul C. Bishop (ed.), A Companion to the Works of Friedrich Nietzsche, (Rochester, NY: Boydell & Brewer [Camden House]).
  • Rebecca Bamford, C. D. Brewer, Bayly Bucknell, Heather DeGrote, Loren Fabry, Madeleine E. M. Hammerlund and Bryan M. Weisbrod. 2012. “A Paradoxical Ethical Framework for Unpredictable Drug Shortages,” American Journal of Bioethics, 12(1), 16-18.
  • Rebecca Bamford. 2011. "Reconsidering risk to women: Oocyte donation for embryonic stem cell research," American Journal of Bioethics, 11(9), 37-39.
  • Rebecca Bamford. 2011. “Cultural diversity, families, and research subjects,” American Journal of Bioethics, 11(5), 33-34.

Selected Workshops & Presentations

  • "Ethos, experience, and experiment," Nietzsche and the Ethics of Naturalism Workshop, Rice University, Houston, January 2014.
  • "'Moralic-Acid-Free' Virtue: The Case of Free Death," Nietzsche and Virtue workshop, University of Guelph, October 11-13, 2013.
  • "Zarathustra and der freie Geist: will and affirmation." 19th Annual Conference of the Friedrich Nietzsche Society, "Thus Spoke Zarathustra: Gateway to the Oeuvre (and Opening to the East?)," University College Cork, Ireland, September 20-22, 2013.
  • "On Dying in Slow Motion: Nietzsche's concept of 'free death' as support for assisted dying," at ‘Death: The Reality of an Idea,’ Three Rivers Philosophy Conference, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, April 12-13 2013.
  • "Responsibility, and self-cultivation," Nietzsche at Warwick: The Philosophy of the Free Spirit Conference, University of Warwick, March 22nd, 2013.
  • "Drive Psychology and Consciousness," Nietzsche at Warwick: The Philosophy of the Free Spirit Workshop, University of Warwick, March 21st, 2013.
  • "Educating free spirits: knowledge, education, and experimentalism," Nietzsche at Warwick: The Philosophy of the Free Spirit Conference, University of Warwick, March 2012.
  • “Incorporation of truth and knowledge:” Nietzsche in contemporary education, Nietzsche at Warwick: The Philosophy of the Free Spirit Workshop, University of Warwick, March 2012."
  • "The contemporary ethics of oocyte donation," Annual Conference of the Philosophical Society of Southern Africa, Department of Philosophy, University of Cape Town, January 2012.
  • "Virtue, bioethics and transhumanism: Distributed cognition and collaboration in surgical teams," 1st Global Conference on Transforming Human Nature in Science, Technology and the Arts, Dublin, Ireland, October 2011.
  • “Experimentalism, imagination and cognition: Nietzsche’s philosophical method between reason and unreason,” 18th International Conference of the Friedrich Nietzsche Society, Queen Mary/University of London, September 2011.


Honors & Awards

  • 2000-01: Royal Institute of Philosophy Bursary
  • 2004-06: Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Philosophy, Rhodes University (South Africa)
  • 2006-07: Postdoctoral Fellowship, Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Emory University

Fall 2014 Course Information

  • PL 222: Bioethics (TTh 12.30-1.45pm) In this course, students will analyze complex ethical issues in contemporary bioethics using relevant technical vocabulary and methods from philosophy in partnership with information from the contemporary biosciences and the healthcare professions. Ethical theories covered include deontology, utilitarianism, virtue-based approaches to ethics, Virginia Held's ethics of care, and Thaddeus Metz's reconstruction of an African moral theory. Ethical issues covered are likely to include (but are not limited to) stem cell research, human subjects research, human enhancement, reproductive medicine, euthanasia, advance directives and end-of-life care, resource allocation, organ transplantation, the right to healthcare, and global health.
  • PL 238: Philosophy of Technology & Social Transformation (TTh 3.30-4.45pm) What is technology? How do science and technology relate to human values? What role should technology play in our everyday lives? Do technological developments result in greater freedom? How should technology shape our cities and the natural environment, now and in the future? Students in this course will critically examine these and other related issues, using a range of philosophical texts, science fiction, and film.