Iain Brassington

Iain is a senior lecturer in Bioethics and Medical Law at the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy, in the Law school at Manchester.  His background is philosophical, and he thinks that there’s a lot to be said in favour of big armchairs and red wine as research tools.  He’s taught at Keele, Birmingham, and Warwick (a bit), and has also been a schoolteacher, barman, lorry-driver and private tutor in his time.


 He is a scruffy git who, when he’s holding an owl, looks like this:


His research interests are varied, though attacks on John Harris seem to be reasonably frequent.  Given that Harris is his boss, Iain wonders whether he ought to hold back on these – but probably won’t, because he’s having too much fun.  Things like autonomy and euthanasia keep creeping into his sights; at some point in the future, he wants to do something that’ll provide an excuse to look at Nietzsche from a bioethical perspective.  But he has no idea what that something’ll be.  In the meantime, he’s getting increasingly preoccupied by the ethical and legal questions raised by genetics.


Iain enjoys writing about himself in the third person, which is lucky.  He can be contacted via iain.brassington@manchester.ac.uk.