Professor Emeritus, University of Cambridge; past President of the British Academy
Ethics; Political Philosophy; Kant
Onora O'Neill combines writing on political philosophy and ethics with a range of public activities. She comes from Northern Ireland and has worked mainly in Britain and the US. She was Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge from 1992-2006 and Hon Professor of Philosophy in the University of Cambridge. She was President of the British Academy from 2005-9, chaired the Nuffield Foundation from 1998-2010, and has been a crossbench member of the House of Lords since 2000 (Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve). She chaired the UK's Equality and Human Rights Commission from 2012-16, and is currently on the boards of the Medical Research Council and the Banking Standards Review. She lectures and writes on justice and ethics, and in particular on the work of Immanuel Kant. Recent publications also address questions about accountability and trust, justice and borders, the future of universities, the quality of legislation and the ethics of communication.
Assistant, then Associate Professor, Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, 1970 - 1977
Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader then Professor, University of Essex, 1977 - 1992
Principal, Newnham College University of Cambridge, 1992 - 2006
Honorary Professor of Ethics and Political Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Cambridge, 2003 -
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