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Dr Andrew Edgar BA (Lancaster) MA DPhil (Sussex)

Dr Andrew Edgar

BA (Lancaster) MA DPhil (Sussex)


Ysgol Saesneg, Cyfathrebu ac Athroniaeth

1.34, Adeilad John Percival , Rhodfa Colum, Caerdydd, CF10 3EU
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I am part of the School's Philosophy group.

Additional publications


With D Cohen, S. Salik, D. Shickle, The Ethical QALY: Ethical Issues in Health Care Resource Allocations, Haslemere: Euromed , 1998.

With Peter Sedgwick, Key Concepts in Cultural Theory, London: Routledge, 1999.

With Peter Sedgwick, Cultural Theory: Key Thinkers, London: Routledge. 2002. Edited Books

With Stephen Copley, Hume: Selected Essays, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993.

With Sam Salek, Pharmaceutical Ethics, Chichester: John Wiley. (Forthcoming: 2002)Papers and Articles

'An Introduction to Adorno's Aesthetics', British Journal of Aesthetics, 30 (1), 1990, pp. 46-56.

'Kant's Two Interpretations of Genesis', Literature and Theology, 6 (3), 1992, pp. 280-290.

'Objectivity, Bias and Truth', Ethical Issues in Journalism and the Media, eds. Ruth Chadwick and Andrew Belsey, London and New York: Routledge, 1992.

'Confidentiality and Personal Identity', Nursing Ethics, 1 (2), 1994, pp. 86-95.

'Weighting Health States and Strong Evaluation', Bioethics, 9 (3/4), 1995, pp. 240-251.

'Weber Nietzsche and Music', Nietzsche: A Critical Reader, ed. Peter Sedgwick, Oxford: Blackwell, 1995, pp. 84-103.

‘Music and Silence’, Silence: Interdisciplinary Perspectives ed. Adam Jaworski, Berlin and New York: Mouton de Gruyer, 1997.

‘Discourse Ethics and the Quality Adjusted Life Year’, Journal D’Economie Medicale, 15 (1) 1997, pp. 55-64.

‘Sport, Ethics of’, Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics (volume 4) editor-in-chief Ruth Chadwick), San Diego: Academic Press, 1997.

'Health Care Allocation, Public Consultation and the Concept of "Health"', Health Care Analysis, 6 (3), 1998, pp. 193-198.

‘Culture and Criticism: Adorno’ in Simon Glendinning (ed.), Edinburgh Encyclopedia of Continental Philosophy, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1999.

‘The Health Service as Civil Association’ in Mike Parker (ed.), Ethics and Community in the Health Care Professions, London: Routledge, 1999.

'Adorno and Musical Analysis', Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 57(4), 1999, pp. 439-449.

'Adorno and the Question of Schubert's Sexuality', New Formations #38, 1999, pp. 45-53.

'Adorno and the Frankfurt School', in Chris Norris and Christa Knellwolf (eds.), Cambridge History of Literary Criticism: Twentieth Century, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

'Velázquez and the Representation of Dignity', Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, 6(2), 2003, pp. 111-121.

Selected publications

‘Sport as Liturgy: Towards a Radical Orthodoxy of Sport’, Studies in Christian Ethics, 2012, pp. 20-34.

‘Professional Values, Aesthetic Values, and the Ends of Trade’, Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, 14 (2), 2011, pp. 195-201.

‘The Uncanny, Alienation and Strangeness: The Entwining of Political and Medical Metaphor’,Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, 14 (3), 2011, pp. 313-322.

‘The Challenge of Transplants to an Intersubjectively Established Sense of Personal Identity’, Health Care Analysis, 17 (2), 2009, pp. 123–133.

‘The Hermeneutic Challenge of Genetic Engineering: Habermas and the Transhumanists’, Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, 12 (2), 2009, pp. 157-167.

'Sport as Strategic Action:  A Habermasian Perspective', Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, 1 (1), 2007, pp. 33-46.

'The Art of Useless Suffering', Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, 10 (4), 2007, pp. 395-405.

Andrew Edgar, Habermas: The Key Concepts, London: Routledge, 2006.

Andrew Edgar, The Philosophy of Habermas, London: Acumen, 2005.

Andrew Edgar, 'The Expert Patient', Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, 8, 2005, pp. 165-171.

Andrew Edgar, 'A Response to Nordenfelt's "Varieties of Dignity"', Health Care Analysis, 12(2), 2004, pp. 83-89.

Andrew Edgar, 'Professionalisation and Aesthetic Values', in Stephen Pattison and Roisin Pill (eds.), Values in Professional Practice: Lessons for Health and Social Care and Other Professionals, Oxford: Redcliffe, 2004.

Andrew Edgar, 'Velázquez and the Representation of Dignity', Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, 6(2), 2003, pp. 111-121.


At Masters level, Dr Edgar teaches courses on medical meta-ethics and the political philosophy of medicine, and a course on Hume.

He is also currently chair of the Philosophy and History of Ideas examination boards.













  • Edgar, A. R. 2006. Adorno and the Frankurt School. In: Knellwolf, C. and Norris, C. eds. The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism Volume 9. Twentieth-Century Historical, Philosophical and Psychological Perspectives. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 109-120.







  • Edgar, A. R. 2000. Ethics, rationing and the NHS. In: Dixon, M. and Sweeney, K. eds. A Practical Guide to Primary Care Groups and Trusts. Abingdon: Radcliffe Medical, pp. 15-24.




  • Edgar, A. R. 1997. Music and silence. In: Jaworski, A. ed. Silence: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. De Gruyter Expositions in Mathematics Vol. 10. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, pp. 311-328.
  • Edgar, A. R. 1997. Discourse ethics and the quality adjusted life year. Journal D'Economie Medicale 15(1), pp. 55-64.
  • Edgar, A. R. 1997. Sport, ethics of. In: Chadwick, R. ed. Enyclopedia of Applied Ethics., Vol. 4. San Diego: Academic Press, pp. 207-223.




  • Hume, D. Copley, S. and Edgar, A. R. eds. 1993. Selected essays. Oxford World's Classics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.



His research interests cover twentieth century German philosophy and applied philosophy. His doctoral studies concerned Adorno's aesthetics and sociology of culture, and he has continued to publish work on Adorno (and especially Adorno's musicology). 

He has now turned his attention to the later generation of Frankfurt thinkers, and is writing a monograph on Jürgen Habermas. In addition to this interest in German philosophy, he has, during his time at Cardiff, been involved in a number of European Commission funded research projects, that have looked as various problems in the field of bioethics. 

The issues covered have included the role of health related quality of life measures in the allocation of health care; the virtues of the chronically ill; and currently the nature of dignity in the treatment of the elderly. He also has an active interest in the philosophy of sport.

Research interests

  • Medical Ethics
  • Philosophy of Sport
  • German Critical Theory
  • Sociology and Aesthetics of Music