Areti Theofilopoulou works on political philosophy and ethics. At HKU, Areti will focus on the moral and political status of children, examining a wide range of questions about what we, qua parents, states, and citizens, owe to children. More specifically, Areti will examine whether we have a duty to bring children into existence, whether and when it is permissible for us to do so, and what duties parents, citizens, and state officials have towards children. Although Areti’s engagement with these questions will be philosophical, her research will be informed by other disciplines, such as psychology and neuroscience, and will be concerned throughout with the practical implications for public policy, such as education and laws regarding parenting.
Areti recently completed a DPhil in Philosophy at the University of Oxford, where she was based in the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and St Cross College. Her doctoral research, funded by the Society for Applied Philosophy and the Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust, was supervised by Tom Sinclair and Dominic Wilkinson. During her studies, Areti was also a Research Assistant on the Wellcome Trust-funded project ‘Neurointerventions in Crime Prevention: An Ethical Analysis’ and held a number of teaching positions at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Areti’s work has been published in Law and Philosophy and Bioethica, the Hellenic National Bioethics Commission’s peer-reviewed journal. Prior to joining Oxford, Areti completed an MSc in Political Theory at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the University of Warwick.