I was introduced to the proper activities of education and philosophy some years ago as a student here at Open University, an experience from which, happily, I’ve never fully recovered. There I completed my first degree in Humanities with Philosophy before moving to full time study at the University of Sheffield, where I completed a Masters then a PhD in philosophy. After that and before returning to the OU in 2013, I was a research fellow at the University of Birmingham and a lecturer at Sheffield.
I wrote my doctoral thesis on contemporary political problems for neo-Aristotelian virtue ethics, and have since been able to develop some of its themes through the intertwining strands of social and moral philosophy and applied ethics. I’ve a continuing interest in the ethical dimensions of social roles and of the ways that institutions do and should define these roles, and in a growing body of literature on the virtues (and vices) of social collectives. Currently Alex Barber and I are working on an edited collection of fifteen papers The Ethics of Social Roles for Oxford University Press. This comprises work developed in our AHRC funded Role Ethics Network (2016-18), in which we brought together scholars and practitioners from around the world and across the disciplines of philosophy, political theory and social sciences for a series of workshops and a project conference.
Current Graduate Students
Ian Watson: 'A Mazzinian Inspired Moral Form of Partiality: Mfp-Patriotism.'
James Holden: 'On Moral Saints'
Jo Morrison: ' The Ethics of Anti-doping Practice and Policy in Sport'
Currently I am on the module teams for A222 Exploring Philosophy and for A853 and A854 the Philosophy MA. For the latter I recently wrote the section on the political and moral problem of 'dirty hands'.
|Role||Start date||End date||Funding source|
|Co-investigator||01 May 2016||31 Jan 2018||AHRC Arts & Humanities Research Council|
This project will advance a number of debates about the place of social roles in political, social and moral life. Building on the work we have done at the Role Ethics Workshop held in 2013, we aim to do this by bringing together scholars and practitioners from around the world and across the disciplines of philosophy, political theory and social sciences. Over 18 months we would aim to hold three workshops followed by a project conference, from which we would seek to publish proceedings in an edited collection. Going by previous bids, the time each of us would spend on this over the project period would average 1.5 hours per week, though this will be subject to calculation bearing in mind the cost constraints of the bid.
Armstrong was a Cheat: A Reply to Eric Moore (2019)
Pike, Jon and Cordell, Sean
Sports, Ethics and Philosophy, 14(2) (pp. 247-263)
Group Virtues: No Great Leap Forward with Collectivism (2017-02-28)
Res Publica, 23(1) (pp. 43-59)
Lost property? Legal compensation for destroyed sperm: a reflection and comparison drawing on UK and French legal perspectives (2011-12)
Cordell, Sean; Bellivier, Florence; Widdows, Heather and Noiville, Christine
Journal of Medical Ethics, 37(12) (pp. 747-751)
Virtuous persons and social roles (2011-10)
Journal of Social Philosophy, 42(3) (pp. 254-272)
The biobank as an ethical subject (2011-09)
Health Care Analysis, 19(3) (pp. 282-294)
The ethics of biobanking: key issues and controversies (2011-09)
Widdows, Heather and Cordell, Sean
Health Care Analysis, 19(3) (pp. 207-219)
Why communities and their goods matter: illustrated with the example of biobanks (2011-04)
Cordell, Sean and Widdows, Heather
Public Health Ethics, 4(1) (pp. 14-25)
Constructing effective ethical frameworks for biobanking (2010)
Cordell, Sean and Widdows, Heather
Dilemata, 4(2) (pp. 15-31)
The Ethics of Roles (2021)
Barber, Alex and Cordell, Sean
Publisher : Oxford University Press | Published : Oxford
Can there be an Ethics for Institutional Agents? (2018-10-16)
In: Hess, Kendy; Igneski, Violetta and Isaacs, Tracy eds. Collectivity: Ontology, Ethics, and Social Justice (pp. 61-79)
ISBN : 978-1-7866-0630-3 | Publisher : Rowman and Littlefield | Published : London
Doing what’s best, but best for whom? Ethics and the mental health social worker (2013-08)
McLaughlin, Kenneth and Cordell, Sean
In: Carey, Malcom and Green, Lorraine eds. Practical Social Work Ethics: Complex Dilemmas Within Applied Social Care (pp. 111-130)
ISBN : 978-1-4094-3825-0 | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : Farnham