Stavroula F. Tsinorema

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Stavroula F. Tsinorema

Professor, Dean of Faculty of Letters

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Stavroula F. Tsinorema is Professor of Philosophy and Bioethics, Director of  Joint Postgraduate Programme in Bioethics and Director of the Centre for Bioethics of the University of Crete (UC). She has been the founding Director of the Centre for Philosophical Research and Translation of UC. 

She is currently Dean of the Faculty of Arts of the same University  (2021- ). She also sits on the Hellenic National Commission for Bioethics and Technoethics (2021-  ).  

           She holds a First Class Honours Degree in Philosophy from the University of Athens, followed by M.A. in Moral and Social Philosophy and  Ph.D. in Moral Philosophy  from the University of Exeter. She has taught at the Universities of Ioannina and Exeter, and has held several visiting posts/fellowships in academic institutions UK and USA. She has been Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Demokritus University of Thrace since 2016-2017 (Postgraduate Programme in Bioethics) and in the Philosophy Department of National Kapodistrian University of Athens since 2015-2016 (Postgraduate Programme in Philosophy, sections History of Philosophy and Applied Ethics).

She has held an Exeter University Scholarship (UK), a Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals Award (UK), and A.K. Mellon Foundation Fellowship (USA).

She has held visiting posts/fellowships  at the Universities of Leeds, Pittsburgh (Center for Philosophy of Science),  Oxford (St. John’s College), Texas at Austin, London School of Economics and Political Sciences (Centre for Philosophy of the Natural and Social Sciences), University of London (Institute of Philosophy Fellowship ), Stanford University.

               She is a member of the Editorial Board of the academic journals International Studies in the Philosophy of Science;  Deucalion: Biannual Journal for Philosophical Research and Critique; Bioethica;  Jahr, European Journal of Bioethics, and Conatus. She has served on a number of panels, organizing and scientific committees of international conferences and academic events in bioethics and ethics of science.

Her research interests are in moral and social philosophy, bioethics, epistemology, philosophy of language and philosophy of mind. Her publications focus on the epistemology of value-concepts, methodological and epistemological issues in bioethics, ethics of science and technology, Kant’s philosophy, Ludwig Wittgenstein. She is the author of  Language and Critique.  Wittgenstein on  Meaning, Knowledge and  Values,  Liberal Books, 2014; co-editor of Philosophy and the Many Faces of Science, Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 1998; co-editor of  Themes in Bioethics, Crete University Press, 2013.

          She is vice-chair of Research Ethics Committee (REC) of the National Centre for Social Research (EKKE) and that of the Hellenic Open University; member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Board (STAB) of the European Research Infrastructure Consortium ‘LifeWatch ERIC’; member of the Scientific Committee of Greek Patients Association; member of the Committee on Bioethics and the Ethics of the Sciences, and  the Committee on Human Rights, of  Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de Philosophie. She has participated in the legislative committee which drafted the Legal Act for the establishment of Research Ethics Committees in Greek Universities and Research Centres (L.4521/2018), and was the founding Chair of Research Ethics Committee (REC) of the University of Crete (2018-2021). 

She has been a member of the European Commission’s  “Expert Group to advise on specific ethical issues raised by driverless mobility”, which issued the «Independent Expert Report on the Ethics of Connected and Automated Vehicles, 2020» (!VV67my); member of the Sectorial Scientific Council of Arts and Humanities of the National Council for Research and Innovation (N.C.R.I.) of the Greek Ministry of Education (2018- 2019); member of the National Committee for Deontology for Clinical Trials of the Ministry of Health (2010- 2020). 

Her research projects have been sponsored by European and Greek funding agencies.

               She has acted as reviewer in many international peer-reviewed academic journals, among them the following:

- African Journal of Reproductive Health


- Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence

- Frontiers in Computer Science

 -Technology and Ethics

-Ethics and Information Technology



Themes in Bioethics (co-edited with K. Louis), Heraklion, University of Crete       Press, 2013 (in Greek). 

Bioethics and the Pandemic, Special Issue, Guest Editor, Journal dia-LOGOS, issue 11, 2021 (in Greek).

- “The Nuremberg Code. Medicine in the Third Reich, Human Experimentation and the Moral Limits of Biomedical Research”, in V. Nikolaidou- Kyrinidou (ed.), The Many faces of Anti –Semitism, Heraklion, University of Crete Press,  2022, 391-412 (in Greek).

- “Knowledge and Agency in Kant’s Practical Philosophy”, Deucalion,  36/1-2, 2022:   5-32 (in Greek).

- “Forward” and “Health and the Pandemic. The Unity of Clinical Ethics  and Public Health Ethics” in Bioethics and the Pandemic, Special Issue, dia-LOGOS, 11/2021: 133-134, 260-285 (in Greek).

- “David Hume on the Will, Freedom and Necessity”, in K. Sargentis (ed.),  Free Will, Athens, Eurasia, 2021, 35-53 (in Greek).

- The Sciences in Society and their Practical Orientation”, in collective volume Time, Science and the Future of Humanity, Heraklion, University of Crete  Press, 2020, 21-47  (in Greek).   

 -“Kant on Scientific Knowledge and Free Agency”, in T.S. Hoffmann and Valentina Kaneva (eds.), Philosophy and the Life Sciences in Dialogue. Theoretical and Practical Questions, St. Kliment Ohridski University Press, 2019, 30-45.

-“Reproductive Choices, Reproductive Autonomy and the Moral Status of Children”, in M. Kanellopoulou, Ev. Protopapadakis, F. Panagopoulou-Koutnatzi (eds.), Bioethical Challenges III, The Child, Athens, Papazisis, 2018, 87-122 (in Greek).

- “Decisions on the Margins of Agency. The Ethical Force of Advance Directives” in Spiridon Vrellis (ed.), La personne et la famille dans le droit et dans le société, Sakkoula, 2017, 115-138.

- “Bioethics and Society’’ in Thomas Sören Hoffmann (ed.), Integrative Bioethik. Grundlagen und Konkretionen, Hagen, Fernuniversität in Hagen, 2017, 53-64.

- “Consent and Autonomy in Contemporary Bioethics”, Annuaire International Des Droits De L’Homme - VIIIInternational Association of Constitutional Law Group of Social Rights, Sakkoulas & L.G.D.J./Lextenso Publications, 2016, 229-244.

- “Person and Personality in Modern Moral Philosophy and Bioethics” in M. Kanellopoulou, F. Panagopoulou-Koutnatzi (eds.), Bioethical Challenges II , on the Person, Athens, Papazisis, 2016,  85-113 (in Greek).

-“The Principle of Autonomy and the Ethics of Advance Directives”, Synthesis Philosophica, 59/1, 2015, 73–88.

-“The Universality of Human Rights in the Space of Cultural Pluralism”, in Ioanna Kutcuradi (ed.), The Problem o2024f Identities in South Eastern Europe and  Human Rights, Istanbul, Maltepe University Press, 2014, 119-132.

- Nature, Biotechnology and Ethics. Principles of Contemporary Environmental Ethics” in S. Tsinorema & K. Louis (eds.), Themes in Bioethics,  Heraklion, University of Crete  Press, 2013, 379-403 (in Greek). 

- «Ethical Issues Regarding the Acquisition and Control of Genetic Information», FCO- Forum for Clinical Oncology,  3/ 4 , 2012, 14-21.

 - “Bioethics and a Contemporary Critique of Praxis. Ethics in the Era of Biotechnology”, Deucalion, 24/2,  213- 250 (in Greek).

- “Emotivism and Prescriptivism”, ch. 27, in G.H. Parkinson (ed.), An Encyclopedia of Philosophy, London, Routledge, 613-640.