Jonathan Anomaly
Lecturer and PPE Program Coordinator

I'm currently working on issues at the intersection of ethics, economics, and biology.  These include collective action problems like antibiotic resistance.  I'm especially interested in the moral and political dimensions of synthetic biology.  With the advent of CRISPR-Cas9, and the manipulation of gene drives, we will be able to eliminate disease vectors, resurrect extinct species, and alter existing species, including our children.  Almost nobody is talking about this, almost everyone should be.


Books Authored by Jonathan Anomaly

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The only book on the market to include classical and contemporary readings from key authors in Philosophy, Politics, and... Read more

Multimedia Textbooks by Jonathan Anomaly

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The goal of this class is to explore moral issues that arise in the context of medicine.  These include whether abortion or euthanasia are justifiable, and whether we should manipulate our genes to improve ourselves and our children.  

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This interdisciplinary course provides an overview of some core conceptual tools used to analyze issues at the intersection of philosophy, politics, and economics (PPE). It also serves as the Gateway course for the PPE certificate program at Duke. Topics covered include the moral status of...

Research Papers by Jonathan Anomaly

Title Publication Year Publishedsort ascending
Ethics, Antibiotics, and Public Policy Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy 2017
What’s Wrong With Factory Farming? Public Health Ethics 2015
Public goods and government action Politics, Philosophy and Economics 2015
Public Goods and Procreation Monash Bioethics Review 2014
Genes, Race, and the Ethics of Belief Hastings Center Report 2014
Race, Genes, and the Ethics of Belief: A review of Nicholas Wade, A Troublesome Inheritance Hastings Center Report 2014
What is an Epidemic? Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 2014
Collective Action and Individual Choice Journal of Medical Ethics 2013
The Manipulation of Choice: Ethics and Libertarian Paternalism The Independent Review 2013
Social Norms, The Invisible Hand, and the Law University of Queensland Law Journal 2013
Better Humans?: Understanding the Enhancement Project Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2013
On What Matters Journal of Moral Philosophy 2013
Is Obesity a Public Health Problem? Public Health Ethics. 2012
Beyond Humanity? The Ethics of Biomedical Enhancement Bioethics 2012
Neo-vouchers: The Emergence of Tuition Tax Credits for Private Schooling Educational Review 2011
Public Health and Public Goods Public Health Ethics 2011
Rising Plague: The Global Threat from Antibiotics-Resistant Bacteria American Journal of Bioethics 2010
Combating Resistance: The Case for a Global Antibiotics Treaty Public Health Ethics 2010
Internal Reasons and the Ought-Implies-Can Principle Philosophical Forum 2008
Personal Identity and Practical Reason Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review 2008

Videos by Jonathan Anomaly


Matt Ridley - When Ideas Have Sex

In this video Matt Ridley synthesizes insights from Smith, Darwin, Ricardo, and Hayek to show how specialization and exchange produces exponential gains.