Onora O’Neill is one of the foremost moral philosophers writing today. Her work on ethics and bioethics, political philosophy and the philosophy of Kant is extremely influential. Her landmark Reith Lectures on trust did much to establish the subject not only on the philosophical and political agenda but in the world of media, business and law more widely.

Reading Onora O’Neill is the first book to examine and critically appraise the work of this important thinker. It includes specially commissioned chapters by leading international philosophers in ethics, Kantian philosophy and political philosophy. The following aspects of O’Neill’s work are examined:

  • global justice
  • Kant
  • the ethics of the family
  • bioethics
  • consent
  • trust.

Featuring a substantial reply to her critics at the end of the book, Reading Onora O’Neill is essential reading for students and scholars of ethics and political philosophy.

chapter |8 pages


part |2 pages

PART 1 Kant on action and reason

part |2 pages

PART 2 Agency, consent and autonomy

part |2 pages

PART 3 Some practical questions

chapter 8|24 pages

Agents of global justice

part |2 pages

PART 4 Trustworthiness and trust

chapter 10|11 pages

What is trust?

chapter 11|13 pages

Distrusting the trustworthy

chapter 12|20 pages

Trust in institutions

chapter 13|25 pages