Dr Paul Biegler

School of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies

Dr Paul Biegler is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Centre for Human Bioethics. Most recently, he was Postdoctoral Fellow and Lead Investigator on the Australian Research Council Discovery Project ‘Implicit persuasion in pharmaceutical marketing: ethical implications for regulators and consumers’. Paul’s earlier research focused on end-of-life decision-making in healthcare, in particular, the ethics of advance directives, competence assessment and Do-Not-Resuscitate orders.

His doctorate examined the moral distinctions between pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy in the treatment of depression. It formed the basis for his book, The ethical treatment of depression: autonomy through psychotherapy (MIT Press 2011) which won the Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Research in Ethics. Paul was also the recipient of the 2012 Australasian Association of Philosophy Media Prize.

His research interests include neuroethics, medical ethics, philosophical psychology, philosophy of emotion and the role of emotion in decision-making. Paul practised clinical medicine for 20 years, the last decade as a specialist in emergency medicine.