Brian D. Earp, Ph.D.


My name is Brian. I'm a philosopher, cognitive scientist, and bioethicist based at the University of Oxford in England.

I'm currently Associate Director of the Yale-Hastings Program in Ethics and Health Policy at Yale University and The Hastings Center, Senior Research Fellow in Moral Psychology in the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford, and Co-Director of the Oxford Experimental Bioethics Lab.

I'm also an Associate Editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics, and more recently, Clinical Ethics and IJIR: Your Sexual Medicine Journal (published by Nature). I edit the Experimental Philosophy - Bioethics page at PhilPapers.

I work on relational moral psychology, human enhancement, philosophy of love, sex, gender, bodily integrity, and children's rights, among other areas. I helped to establish "experimental philosophical bioethics" (bioXphi) as an area of research.

My undergraduate degree was in cognitive science, from Yale University (2010), followed by a master's degree in psychological research methods from the University of Oxford (2011) and a second master's in the history and philosophy of science from the University of Cambridge (2014). My Ph.D. is in philosophy and psychology from Yale (2021).

My first book is Love Drugs: The Chemical Future of Relationships (Stanford University Press, 2020, with Julian Savulescu), available in the UK as Love Is the Drug: The Chemical Future of Our Relationships (Manchester University Press, 2020).

My next book is Their Body, Their Choice: Sex, Gender, Genital Cutting, and the Child's Right to Bodily Integrity (Chicago University Press, under contract).

With Clare Chambers and Lori Watson, I am editor of The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Sex and Sexuality (Routledge, 2022).