Research Interests

My Ph.D. is from the University of Virginia's Department of Philosophy, where I wrote a dissertation in moral philosophy under the supervision of Cora Diamond. My dissertation, "The Relevance of Method: Moral Theory and its Impact Upon Moral Philosophical Thought," was examined by John Arras, Tal Brewer, Jim Childress, and Dan Devereaux.

I work in moral philosophy and bioethics. My research interests focus upon issues in moral philosophy having to do with philosophical approach and the nature of moral thought; reproductive ethics; and questions about the relation between moral philosophy and applied ethics.

While on sabbatical for 2019-20, I was visiting fellow at Western University's Rotman Institute of Philosophy.

Selected Publications:

Flynn, J. "Theory and Bioethics," The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Winter 2020 edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = <>.

Flynn, J., and N. Ramji. "Uterine Transplantation: Ethics in Light of Recent Successes," IJFAB: International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 12(1), spring 2019.

Flynn, J. "Effort? Natural Talent? More on the Normative Structure of Sport," American Journal of Bioethics (2018).

Flynn, J. "Clinical Ethics: Moralism and Moral Expertise," in L. Guidry-Grimes and J. Watson, eds., Moral Expertise: New Essays from Theoretical and Clinical Perspectives (Springer, 2018).

Flynn, J. "Clinical bioethics and core competencies of attributes, attitudes, and behaviors: Foundations in philosophy and literature," Ethics, Medicine, and Public Health (2017).

Flynn, J., Chubbs K., Gladney-Martin S., Singleton R., and Pullman D. “Triage in Times of Drug Shortage,” Healthcare Management Forum (2015).

Flynn, J. “Undue Burden: Looking at Minimal Risk and the Material Principle of Justice,” American Journal of Bioethics (2014).

Flynn, J., Zlotnik Shaul, R., Hanson, M., Borschel, G., and Zuker, R. “Pediatric Facial Transplantation: Ethical Considerations,” Canadian Journal of Plastic Surgery (2014).

Flynn, J. “Is Williams a Dancian Particularist?,” in C.B. Herrera and Alexandra Perry, eds., The Moral Philosophy of Bernard Williams (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2013).

Flynn, J. “The Lives of Animals, Form, and Content,” in Anton Leist and Peter Singer, eds., J.M. Coetzee and Ethics: Philosophical Perspectives on Literature (New York: Columbia University Press, 2010).

Flynn, J. “Recent Work: Moral Particularism,” Analysis Reviews (2010).