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Ashley Moyse

McDonald Postdoctoral Fellow


Dr Moyse holds a PhD in theology from the University of Newcastle, Australia. In addition to his theological training, his academic background also includes a postgraduate research degree in the applied sciences as well as advanced study in bioethics and health policy. He is an Associate Fellow of the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity at Trinity International University (USA), a member of the Centre for Research in Religion and Social Policy, University of Divinity (AUS), and an honorary research associate at Trinity College, University of Divinity (AUS). Before coming to Oxford, Dr Moyse was the Postdoctoral Fellow in Theology and Science at Regent College, Vancouver, as well as Research Associate and Instructor of Christian Ethics for Vancouver School of Theology at the University of British Columbia.


Emerging from Dr Moyse's education and scholarly pursuits is an interest in Christian ethics, with a particular expertise in bioethics and medical humanities. Yet he has emerging interests at the intersections of moral and political theology.

At present Dr Moyse's research agenda attends to constructive and probing reflections on the shape and form of the good in the present—for the good of the world caught up and malformed by the ontology of technology and the disciplining of the market. Put differently, his work in and for the Centre will continue to study the Christian moral tradition, which cultivates resources and grounds embodied practices for the mending of our late modern constructed and commoditized world. Such work will labour to clarify an alternate order of being and becoming such that we might not only learn to see but also to live for the world rightly.

At present, Dr Moyse is working on two concurrent monograph projects. The first explicates the ontology of technology as a late modern crisis that forms us by its own image, and resolves to examine a theological response that might ready us to live not only for persons but also in the technological society. Put differently, the project aims to articulate an alternate ontology that is able to dialectically accept and protest the advance and advantage of human creativity while attending to the limits of progress through a robust Christian humanism. 

The second project studies the themes of despair and hope through the content and contours of medical assistance in dying while taking up the methodology of Gabriel Marcel. This project reflects on the vulnerability to despair by the modern medical institution and the physicians it forms while challenging each of us to think again about what it means to die in hope rather than despair.

Going forward, Dr Moyse will continue to examine the theological ethics of hope with a particular interest in biopolitics and the future of health/health care. This research will demonstrate that all of life, including our healthy and sick life, has been contained, embraced, and subjected by the mechanics of economic and technological rationality in our modern medical milieu. Such biopolitical life must be resisted such that persons might find strength in times of personal as well as societal health crises and to ensure attentive preference is given to those with the greatest of needs and with the least of resources. Accordingly, the health care needs among marginalized, displaced, and borderland persons, for example, will also focus the deliverables.



Edited Volumes


Contact Details

Christ Church
Oxford OX1 1DP
United Kingdom

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