Date & Time

Mon, 09/20/2004


On September 20, 2004, Dame Onora O’Neill, the Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge, spoke on trust and science at a stakeholder event to be held at the University of San Diego. Dr. O’Neill is an internationally ethicist whose initial work centered on Kantian ethics. She has published widely on issues of trust, justice, and bioethics. In 2002, she give the Reith Lectures 2002: A Question of Trust which are available in streaming audio on the Web; previous Reith lecturers include Bertrand Russell (who delivered the first Reith lecture in 1948), Arnold Toynbee, Robert Oppenheimer, John Kenneth Galbraith, Anthony Giddens, and V.S. Ramachandran. In 2003 she gave the Annual Darwin Lecture at Cambridge University on “DNA and Ethics.” She is a former member and chair of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics and the Human Genetics Advisory Commission, and chairs the Nuffield Foundation. She is a Member of the House of Lords (Baroness O’Neill of Bengarve), sits as a cross bencher and was a member of the Select Committee on Stem Cell Research. Publications: A Question of Trust: The BBC Reith Lectures 2002 (2002)

Autonomy and Trust in Bioethics (2002)

Bounds of Justice (2000)

Towards Justice and Virtue (1996)

Constructions of Reason: Exploration of Kant’s Practical Philosophy (1989)

Faces of Hunger: An Essay on Poverty, Development and Justice (1986)


Onora Sylvia O’Neill
University of Cambridge

Onora Sylvia O’Neill, Baroness O’Neill of Bengarve CBE FBA FMedSci FRS (Hon.) FAAAS (Hon.) MRIA (Hon.) (born 23 August 1941) is a philosopher and a crossbench member of the House of Lords.

The daughter of Sir Con Douglas Walter O’Neill, she was educated at St Paul’s Girls’ School, London, and studied philosophy, psychology and physiology at Oxford University, and went on to complete a doctorate at Harvard, with John Rawls as supervisor. She is a professor of philosophy at the University of Cambridge, a former President of the British Academy and chairs the Nuffield Foundation[1]. In 2003, she was the founding President of the British Philosophical Association (BPA). Until October 2006, she was the Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge.