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Dafydd Daniel

McDonald Departmental Lecturer in Christian Ethics

Dr Dafydd Mills Daniel read for a BA in Theology and Religious Studies at Peterhouse, Cambridge, before completing a Masters in Philosophical Theology and Philosophy of Religion at Yale, where he was a Marquand Scholar. After completing doctoral research in theological and philosophical ethics at Oxford, he undertook a PGCE in Religious Education, also at Oxford.

In 2018, he was chosen as a New Generation Thinker by the BBC and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Each year, the BBC and AHRC select 10 New Generation Thinkers: early career academics working in the humanities, ‘who can bring the best of university research and scholarly ideas to a broad audience through working with the media’.

As a New Generation Thinker, Dafydd has written about the ethics of sport, and his research on the history and development of theories of conscience. He has also appeared on BBC Radio 3 to discuss a range of issues, including: Sir Isaac Newton's theology and belief in alchemy; the relationship between rioting and political reform in eighteenth-century England and America; the theology underpinning theories of witchcraft and the history of witch-trials; and, secularisation and religious heterodoxy in the British Enlightenment.

In such appearances, and his wider research, Dafydd aims to demonstrate that moral theology and Christian ethics were central to debates and controversies in the history of ethics, and thus remain essential if we are to draw lessons from that history and apply them to contemporary ethical and political debates.



Research interests

Conscience in moral theology, moral philosophy, and the history of ethics; early modern and modern rational intuitionism; theological thought in the British Enlightenment; the relationship between conceptions of religion, science, and the occult in the early modern period; virtue ethics and character education; the philosophy and theology of education.


Briefly: 25 Great Philosophers, From Plato to Sartre (London, SCM Press, 2011)

SCM Ethics and Moral Philosophy (London, SCM Press, 2009)

Briefly: Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil (London, SCM Press, 2007)


Contact Details

+44 (0) 1865 274548