Sarah Rebecca Bamford

Sarah Rebecca Bamford

Associate Professor of Philosophy

BA, MA, PhD, Durham University England

College of Arts & Sciences 1  328

(203) 582-3722

PL 222Bioethics   -   Fall 2016
PL 237Philosophy of Mind   -   Spring 2017
PL 238Philosophy of Technology and Social Transformation   -   Fall 2016
PL 333Modern Philosophy   -   Spring 2017
PL 335Contemporary Philosophy   -   Fall 2016


I joined the department in 2012. My research develops new solutions to problems in late modern European philosophy, the history of ethics, contemporary bioethics, the history and philosophy of mind, science, and technology, and comparative philosophy. I received Quinnipiac's Outstanding Faculty Scholar Award in 2016. I teach introduction to philosophy, modern and contemporary philosophy, bioethics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of technology & social transformation, philosophy of science, philosophy of art, and African philosophy.

Educational Background

Ph.D. in Philosophy, Durham University (England).
M.A. in Philosophy, Durham University (England).
B.A. in Combined Studies in Arts (German, Philosophy, Russian Studies), Durham University (England).

About Durham University

Selected Publications

  • 2015. Nietzsche's Philosophy of the Free Spirit, edited by Rebecca Bamford, London: Rowman & Littlefield International.
  • 2015 (in press). “The ethos of inquiry: Nietzsche on experience, naturalism, and experimentalism.” Journal of Nietzsche Studies 46(3).
  • 2015. “Health and self-cultivation in Dawn,” in Nietzsche's Free Spirit Philosophy, ed. Rebecca Bamford, 85-109. London: Rowman & Littlefield International.
  • 2015. ‘Moraline-Acid-Free’ Virtue: The Case of Free Death,” Journal of Value Inquiry 49(3): 437-451.
  • 2015. “Unrequited: Neurochemical enhancement of love.” Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 24(3): 55-60.


Honors & Awards

  • 2015-16: Quinnipiac University Outstanding Faculty Scholar Award
  • 2006-07: Postdoctoral Fellowship, Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Emory University
  • 2004-06: Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Philosophy, Rhodes University (South Africa)
  • 2000-01: Royal Institute of Philosophy Bursary

Philosophy & Political Science Program & Career Information

Fall 2016 Courses

PL335 A—Contemporary Philosophy

TTH 12:30 p.m.—1:45 p.m

Students in this course will critically examine some of the key developments in nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first century philosophy. We will analyze issues such as mass culture and its effects, oppression, colonialism, power/knowledge, freedom, and how meaningful ethical, social, political, and cultural change might be pursued. Throughout, our main focus will be on critically questioning the meaning, value, and purpose of human existence. The course will begin with analysis of three of the most influential modern philosophers: Hegel, Marx, and Nietzsche, and will move on to highlight some key ways in which 20th and 21st century philosophers have used their work to develop intellectual revolutions relevant to all areas of human life. Prerequisite: PL 101 or QU 10.

PL238 A—Technology & Social Transformation

TTH 9:30 a.m.—10:45 a.m.

What is technology? How do science and technology relate to human values? What role should technology play in our everyday lives? Do technological developments result in greater freedom? How should technology shape our cities and the natural environment, now and in the future? Students in this course critically examine these and other related issues, using a range of philosophical texts, science fiction and film. Prerequisite: PL 101, QU 101/FYS 10.

PL222 A—Bioethics

TTH 5:00 p.m.—6:15 p.m.

Students analyze complex ethical issues in contemporary bioethics using relevant technical vocabulary and methods from philosophy, in partnership with information from the contemporary biosciences and the health care professions. Ethical theories covered include deontology, utilitarianism, virtue-based approaches to ethics, Virginia Held's ethics of care and Thaddeus Metz's reconstruction of an African moral theory. Ethical issues addressed may include: stem cell research, human subjects research, human enhancement, reproductive medicine, euthanasia, advance directives and end-of-life care, resource allocation, organ transplantation, the right to health care and global health. Prerequisite: PL 101 or QU 101/FYS 101.