About Ben

Ben Colburn is a political philosopher and ethicist at the University of Glasgow. He has a particular interest in the nature and value of autonomy, its relationship with individual responsibility, and its importance in liberal political philosophy. He is also interested in exploring how these foundational ideas can be put to work in policy and practice. He has a number of ongoing collaborative research projects along these lines, including work on refugee education, end of life care, and urban design. Among his most recent publications is the article “Autonomy, Voluntariness, and Assisted Dying.” (Journal of Medical Ethics, 2020).

Research Field

Political Philosophy and Ethics


University of Glasgow

School of Humanities

Ben Colburn

Ben Colburn

Other Contributors

Anne Greule

Affiliated Member Research Unit since 2023

Pia Herzan

Member Research Unit from 2020 to 2024