I joined the department in 2012. My research develops new solutions to problems in late modern European philosophy, the history of ethics, contemporary bioethics, the 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 & social transformation, philosophy of science, philosophy of art, and African philosophy.

Educational Background

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

About Durham University

Selected Publications

  • Rebecca Bamford.2014."Getting even more specific about physicians’ obligations: justice, responsibility, and professionalism." American Journal of Bioethics 14(9), 46-47.
  • Rebecca Bamford. 2014. “Mood and aphorism in Nietzsche’s campaign against morality." Pli: The Warwick Journal of Philosophy 25, 55-76.
  • Rebecca Bamford. 2014. “Ethical review of health systems research: vulnerability and the need for philosophy in research ethics.” American Journal of Bioethics 14(2): 38-39.
  • Rebecca Bamford. 2014. “The liberatory limits of Nietzsche’s colonial imagination in Dawn §206.” In Barry Stocker and Manuel Knoll (eds.), Nietzsche as Political Philosopher, (Berlin and New York: de Gruyter): 59-76.
  • 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.


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 2015 Course Information

PL222 Bioethics, MW 5:00p.m.—6:45 p.m.

Students 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 health care 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 addressed may include: 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 health care and global health.

PL266 Diverse Global Philosophies, T 6:30p.m.—9:10p.m.

This course will explore global traditions in philosophy developed by people from diverse cultures, beyond Europe and the United States. We shall devote particular attention to insights and questions that our explorations may raise with regard to possible relationships or contrasts between diverse global philosophies and our existing assumptions, beliefs, and values. Potential topics and course materials may include both classical and contemporary sources from Australia, Africa, the Caribbean, China, India, Japan, the Muslim world, the Pacific Islands, and Latin America. Owing to the breadth of the field, the focus of the course will shift, reflecting the interests and work of the instructor in any particular semester.

PL335 Contemporary Philosophy, TTH 3:30 p.m.—4:45 p.m.

Students in this course will critically examine some of the key developments in nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first century philosophy. We will analyze issues such as mass culture and its effects, oppression, colonialism, power/knowledge, freedom, and how meaningful ethical, social, political, and cultural change might be pursued. Throughout, our main focus will be on critically questioning the meaning, value, and purpose of human existence. The course will begin with analysis of three of the most influential modern philosophers: Hegel, Marx, and Nietzsche, and will move on to highlight some key ways in which 20th and 21st century philosophers have used their work to develop intellectual revolutions relevant to all areas of human life.

Philosophy & Political Science Program & Career Information