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Dr Maximilian Kiener

Extraordinary Junior Research Fellow in Philosophy


I am an Extraordinary Junior Research Fellow at the The Queen’s College, University of Oxford, and an ERC Research Fellow on the project Roots of Responsibility.  I completed a DPhil (PhD) in Philosophy at the University of Oxford in 2019, completed the BPhil in Philosophy at the University of Oxford in 2017, and obtained a BA in Philosophy and Public Law at the University of Regensburg in 2015. During my doctorate I was also a Europaeum Scholar working on a project on political participation.


My main areas of interest are legal and moral philosophy. In my DPhil thesis “Voluntariness, Consent, and Justification” I developed a novel analysis of consent to medical procedures, based on a contractualist perspective. In my current position, I explore parallels between consent and responsibility, examine the metaphysical presuppositions of liability and responsibility, and explain voluntariness as a key concept in moral philosophy, a concept to be distinguished from intentionality, freedom, free will, autonomy, and willingness. 


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