Antonio Casado da Rocha

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Personal info

Position Permanent Research Fellow
Email antonio.casado AT ehu DOT es
Website Personal IAS blog
Phone + 34 943 015465
Address EHU/UPV, Department of Philosophy of Values and Social Anthropology , Avenida de Tolosa 70, 20018 Donostia – San Sebastián


Antonio Casado da Rocha

MA, PhD in Philosophy, teaching at the postgraduate level while developing some research, mostly on autonomy and applied ethics, in between medicine and the arts. Basque/English/Spanish/Portuguese. Blogs on bioethics and literature.

Research interests

  • Autonomy in bioethics and biomedical research
  • Applied ethics in general, and language ethics in particular
  • Philosophy of medicine, concepts of health and disease
  • Bioethics in film and literature
  • Life and works of Henry D. Thoreau (1817-1862)


After finishing an MA degree in Philosophy at UCC (Cork, National University of Ireland), I completed a PhD in Philosophy at the University of the Basque Country. My dissertation was about Thoreau’s views on civil disobedience in the light of contemporary political philosophy.


After a post-doctoral stage in the University of Iceland, I began teaching courses on Bioethics and Political Philosophy, both at the undergraduate and postgraduate level, while developing some research. In order to improve my training, I have stayed as visiting scholar in research centers such as Egenis (University of Exeter) and the Center for Philosophy and History of Science (Boston University). At the present moment I am Secretary of the Hospital Donostia Ethics Committee, and member of the Basque Society for Palliative Care.

Current teaching

  • Contemporary Ethical Issues (at the Reseach Master in Philosophy, Science and Values offered by the UPV/EHU and the UNAM) 
  • Language and Culture (at the Reseach Master in Philosophy, Science and Values offered by the UPV/EHU and the UNAM) 
  • Ethics in Health Care Organizations (at the Ethics Committees Master offered by the UNED) 
  • Transdisciplinary Approaches to the Creative Process (at the Research and Creation in the Arts Master offered by the UPV/EHU)

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