Benjamin G Gregg
Benjamin Gregg teaches political and social theory, informed by political science and sociology, at UT but also in Germany, Japan, China and Austria. Two of his books, "Thick Moralities, Thin Politics" (2003) and "Coping in Politics with Indeterminate Norms" (2003), confront challenges of social justice in complex modern societies, especially in liberal democratic states. Another two books, "Human Rights as Social Construction" (2012) and "The Human Rights State" (2016), analyze problems and prospects for justice across national borders.
His current book-in-progress, "Human Nature as Cultural Design: The Political Challenge of Genetic Enhancement," explores core issues in bioethics: rapid advances in genetic engineering, particularly of human embryos and fetuses, pose difficult social, political, moral and legal questions that challenge a range of different conceptions of a just society. His current research was supported by a College of Liberal Arts Humanities Research Award, 2014-2016; a Fulbright Professorship at the University of Linz, Austria, Spring 2016; by Visiting Scholar positions at The Hastings Center (Garrison, NY) and the Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, Summer 2016; and as a Visiting Scholar at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford, Spring and Fall 2018. In 2016, he delivered invited lectures on this project in Sweden, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Spain and Austria. In 2017, he will give invited lectures in Brazil.