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Dafydd Mills Daniel

McDonald Lecturer in Theology and Ethics, University of Oxford

Dr Dafydd Mills Daniel is the McDonald Lecturer in Theology and Ethics at the University of Oxford. His research and teaching concerns the history of ethics, moral theology and moral philosophy, and contemporary debates in political, medical, and sexual ethics.

As a BBC and AHRC New Generation Thinker, Dafydd has appeared a number of times on BBC Radio 3 'Free Thinking'. He wrote and presented the BBC Radio 3 documentaries, 'Where do human rights come from?' and 'Sir Isaac Newton and the Philosophers' Stone', and has also appeared on the National Geographic Channel's 'The Story of God with Morgan Freeman', where he discussed the practice of Sin-Eating (Series 3, Episode 4).

His latest book, 'Ethical Rationalism, Secularisation, and the British Enlightenment: The Lost Metaphysics of Conscience', is forthcoming with Palgrave Macmillan, and he is co-author (with David Mills Daniel) of 'Briefly: 25 Great Philosophers, From Plato to Sartre'; 'Briefly: Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil'; and, 'Ethics and Moral Philosophy', all with SCM Press.


  • –present
    McDonald Lecturer in Christian Ethics, University of Oxford


  • 2016 
    University of Oxford, theological and philosophical ethics, and intellectual history