Onora O’Neill

Philosopher, Crossbench member of the House of Lords


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 served on the boards of the Medical Research Council and the Banking Standards Review until 2018. 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.

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Onora O’Neill


Norms for Communication and Digital Technologies, a public lecture by Onora O’Neill

Norms for Communication and Digital Technologies, a public lecture given by Onora O’Neill. Date: Friday 2 July 2019 Venue: Frankopan Hall, Jesus College, Cambridge  Abstract Both ethical and epistemic norms that matter for communication have been discussed since antiquity, and have frequently had to be adjusted to take account of changes in the technologies used to […]