Benjamin G Gregg

Benjamin G Gregg

  • Professor (Department of Government, College of Liberal Arts)

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Biography

Benjamin Gregg

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B.A., Yale University; Ph.D., Princeton University; D. Phil., Freie Universität Berlin

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https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9510-6147

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Professor of Government, University of Texas at Austin

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2021-2022 Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Public International Law

at Lund University, Sweden

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2022 Visiting Researcher, Centre for Biomedical Ethics,

Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore

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Benjamin Gregg teaches social and political theory, as well as bioethics, informed by philosophy and sociology, at the University of Texas at Austin but also in Germany (Frankfurt/Oder), Austria (Linz and Innsbruck), Sweden (Lund), Japan (Tokyo Gaidai and Hokkaido), China (Beiwai and Tsinghua), and Brazil (Goiãnia). The College of Liberal Arts Committees on Research and Teaching awarded him the Silver Spurs Fellowship in recognition of outstanding scholarship and teaching. He has conducted graduate master classes at the Universidade Federal de Goiás in Brazil, at the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg in Germany, at the University of Hokkaido in Japan, and at the University of Glasgow in the UK. He studied with Michael Walzer in Princeton, Axel Honneth in Berlin, and Seyla Benhabib at Yale. In addition to more than eighty articles, he is the author of The Human Rights State (Pennsylvania, 2016); Human Rights as Social Construction (Cambridge, 2012); Thick Moralities, Thin Politics (Duke, 2003); and Coping in Politics with Indeterminate Norms (SUNY, 2003). Cambridge University Press will publish his newest book, Constructing Human Nature: The Political Challenges of Genetic Engineering, in 2022. He has presented aspects of this project at invited lectures in Europe, Asia, South America, and the United States. His work has been translated into German, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese, and Chinese.

Professional Activities

2022

November 22, 2022

Moral and Legal Guidelines for the Genetic Editing of Our Species

Centre for Integrative Biological Signaling Studies, University of Freiburg, Germany

“Moral and Legal Guidelines for the Genetic Editing of Our Species.” Cluster of Excellence CIBSS: Centre for Integrative Biological Signaling Studies, University of Freiburg, Germany. November 2022.

 

“How Artificial Intelligence May One Day Threaten the Political Capacity of Human Intelligence.” Faculty of Law, Kuala Lumpur, Universiti Malaya, Malaysia. August 2022.

 

“A Right to Privacy versus a Right to Health.” Centre for Legal Theory and Centre for Asian Legal Studies, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore. August 2022.

 

“A Human Right to Freedom from Genetic Disability.” Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Law, Kuala Lumpur, Universiti Malaya, Malaysia. August 2022.

 

“Genetic Engineering Where Severe Cognitive Disability is Indicated: Toward Enabling the Future Person’s Capacity for Participation in Political Community.” Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Law, Kuala Lumpur, Universiti Malaya, Malaysia. August 2022.

 

“Human Nature as Social Construct, Human Dignity as Decisional Autonomy: Moral and Legal Guidelines for the Genetic Editing of Our Species.” Department of Medical Ethics & Law, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Teknolgi MARA, Sungai Buloh Campus, Selangor, Malaysia. August 2022.

 

“Genetic-Editing Regulation Guided by Human Dignity as Decisional Autonomy.” University of Granada, Spain. May 2022.

 

“How Artificial Intelligence May One Day Threaten the Political Capacity of Human Intelligence.” Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Istanbul Medipol University, Turkey. May 2022.

 

“Regulating Genetic Engineering Guided by Human Dignity, Not Genetic Essentialism.” Institut für Biomedizinische Ethik und Medizingeschichte [Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine], Universität Zürich, Switzerland. May 2022.

 

“Human Nature as Social Construct, Human Dignity as Decisional Autonomy:

Moral and Legal Guidelines for the Genetic Editing of Our Species.” Saints Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, North Macedonia. April 2022.

 

“Containing COVID-19: A Human Right to Privacy versus a Human Right to Health.” Saints Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, North Macedonia. April 2022.

 

“Against Essentialism in Conceptions of Human Rights and Human Nature.” Instituto de Filosofia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal. April 2022.

 

“Against Essentialism in Conceptions of Human Rights and Human Nature.” Centre for Research Ethics and Bioethics, Uppsala University; Department of Philosophy, Stockholm University; and Stockholm Centre for Health Care Ethics, Sweden. March 2022.

 

“How Artificial Intelligence May One Day Threaten the Political Capacity of Human Intelligence.” Institut für Information Systems Engineering, Technische Universität Wien, Vienna, Austria. March 2022.

 

“Genetic Engineering Where Severe Cognitive Disability is Indicated: Toward Enabling the Future Person’s Capacity for Participation in Political Community.” Department of Philosophy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. March 2022.

 

“A Human Right to Freedom from Genetic Disability.” Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, Department of Philosophy, University of Oxford, UK. March 2022.

 

“Genetic Engineering Where Severe Cognitive Disability is Indicated: Toward Enabling the Future Person’s Capacity for Participation in Political Community.”

Ethox Centre and Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities, University of Oxford, UK. February 2022.

 

“Genetic Engineering where Severe Cognitive Disability is Indicated: Toward Threshold Capacities for Political Participation in Liberal Democratic Communities.” Department of Political Science, Lund University, Sweden. February 2022.

 

“Marx’s Challenge to China Today: For a Free Press and Democratic Political Participation, Against Ideological Distortions and Authoritarian Governance.” School of Marxism, Xiamen University, China. December 2021.

 

“Human Nature as Social Construct, Human Dignity as Decisional Autonomy:

Moral and Legal Guidelines for the Genetic Editing of Our Species.” Fulbright Distinguished Chair Inaugural Address, School of Law, University of Lund, Sweden. December 2021

 

“Political Bioethics.” Health Law Research Centre of the Faculty of Law, University of Lund, Sweden. September 2021.

 

“Human Rights as a Politics of Imagination: Morality Beyond Tradition, Solidarity Without Nationalism, Justice Authored by Its Addressees,” Globalizing Education Faculty Learning Community, a collaboration between Hemispheres Consortium at UT Austin and International Programs at Austin Community College (virtual). October 2020.

 

Keynote Address. “How to Oppose Authoritarian Democracy in Brazil: A Guide for Citizens.” Direitos Humanos em tempos neoliberais e antihumanistas [Human Rights in Neoliberal and Antihumanist Times]. Universidade Federal de Goiás [Federal University of Goiás]. Goiânia, Brazil. September 2019.

 

“Political Challenges of Regulating Human Genetic Engineering.” Centre de recherches interdisciplinaires [Center for Interdisciplinary Research], Université de Paris. Paris, France. July 2019.

 

“The Coming Political Challenges of Artificial Intelligence.” Information Technology University of Copenhagen, Denmark. June 2019.

 

“Beyond Due Diligence: The Human Rights Corporation.” Danish Institute for Human Rights, Copenhagen, Denmark. June 2019.

 

“Political Bioethics: Deciding Difficult Bioethical Issues Under Conditions of Value Pluralism and Deep Disagreement.” Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg. [Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg]. Halle, Germany. May 2019.

 

“The Coming Political Challenges of Artificial Intelligence.” Institut für Geschichte und Ethik der Medizin, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg [Institute for History and Ethics of Medicine, Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg]. Halle, Germany. May 2019.

 

“Deploying Epigenetics to Identify Genetically Influenced Social Inequalities.” Nuffield Department of Population Health, Ethox Centre, University of Oxford, UK. December 2018.

 

“Political Bioethics.” St. Cross Lecture in Ethics, Department of Philosophy, University of Oxford, UK. November 2018.

 

“Can Corporate Profit-Seeking Accord with Human Rights-Promotion?” Adam Smith School of Business, University of Glasgow, Scotland. September 2018.

 

“Human Rights Advocacy as Bottom-Up Politics that Deploys the Rule of Law, Democracy, Cosmopolitan Declarations and International Law.” Bayerische Amerika-Akademie, Stiftung Bayerisches Amerikahaus [Bavarian American Academy, Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations]. Munich, Germany. July 2018.

 

“Therapie und Enhancement der Human-Intelligenz: Was leisten die Menschenrechte?” [Genetic Therapy and Genetic Enhancement of Human Intelligence: What Regulatory Guidance Might Human Rights Provide?] Katholische Hochschule für Sozialwesen [Catholic University of Social Services]. Berlin, Germany. April 2018.

 

“Why the Difference Between Two Forms of Engineered Intelligence Matters: AI and Genetically Manipulated Humans.” School of Psychology, National University of Ireland, Galway. February 2018.

 

“Can Biological Science Advance Social Justice?” School of Psychology, Psi Chi Honours Society, National University of Ireland, Galway. February 2018.