Dr Joshua Hordern

Fellow and Tutor in Ethics; Associate Professor of Christian Ethics

Joshua Hordern is Associate Professor of Christian Ethics in the Faculty of Theology and Religion and a Governing Body Fellow of Harris Manchester College

He read Classics at New College, Oxford and went on to postgraduate study of Theology in Oxford and Edinburgh, where he gained his doctorate. After this he took up a postdoctoral research fellowship at Wolfson College, Cambridge, lectured at Cambridge’s Faculty of Divinity and served as an elected local authority councillor in Bury St Edmunds.

In Oxford since 2012, Joshua now supervises postgraduate students in the field of Christian Ethics and teaches undergraduate students on courses in Philosophy and Theology, Theology and Religion and Theology and Oriental Studies. He welcomes interest from postgraduate students interested in supervision.

Joshua’s research interests are in two areas, political theology and healthcare.

First, he pursues collaborative research in Islamic and Christian political thought, focussing especially on loyalty. For more detail, please see the two co-edited journal issues of The Muslim World and Studies in Christian Ethics published in 2016.

Second, he works in partnership with healthcare researchers, clinicians and institutions, exploring questions concerning the ethos of healthcare, with a particular focus on compassion.

To find out more about Joshua’s research and public engagement in healthcare, please visit the website of the Healthcare Values Partnership in which a number of Harris Manchester College colleagues are collaborating.

Joshua is a member of the Royal College of Physicians Committee for Ethical Issues in Medicine and the Royal Society of Medicine Open Section Council. He holds an honorary observer contract at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Joshua is a member of the Faith and Order Commission of the Church of England which advises the Church’s Archbishops, Bishops and Council on Christian Unity. He is also Chair of Trustees for RENEW Foundation which addresses issues of trafficking and prostitution in the Philippines.

Select publications


Political Affections: Civic Participation and Moral Theology (OUP, 2013)

Compassion in Healthcare: Practical Policy for Civic Life (OUP, forthcoming 2019)

Articles and chapters

‘What’s wrong with ‘compassion’? Towards a political, philosophical and theological context’, Clinical Ethics 8.4 (2013), 109-115

‘Loyalty, Conscience and Tense Communion: Jonathan Edwards meets Martha Nussbaum’, Studies in Christian Ethics 27.2 (2014), 167-184

‘New Conversations in Islamic and Christian Political Thought’, coedited with Afifi al-Akiti, The Muslim World 106.2 (April 2016), Studies in Christian Ethics 29.2 (May 2016)

‘Loyalty, Royalty and Obligation: ‘Good Shepherds under Law’, The Muslim World 106.2 (April 2016), 337-360

‘European Union, identity and place’ in Chaplin, J. and Wilton, G. (eds), God and the European Union: Faith in the European Project (Routledge, 2016), 129-148

‘Compassion in Primary and Community Care’ in Papanikitas, A. and Spicer, J. (eds.), Handbook of Primary Care Ethics, (Radcliffe/Taylor and Francis, forthcoming 2016)

‘Religion and culture’ in Saunders, J. (ed.), Medicine, special issue on ethics and communication (forthcoming October 2016)



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