School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations

AProf Nicholas Agar

School of History, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations

Phone: 04 463 5046
Location: Room 601, Murphy Building, Kelburn Pde, Kelburn Campus

AProf Nicholas Agar

Teaching in 2015

PHIL 106 - Contemporary Ethical Issues
Course Coordinator

PHIL 202 - Ethics
Course Coordinator

PHIL 361 - Bioethics
Course Coordinator

PHIL 404 - Value Theory
Course Lecturer

PHIL 409 - Topics in Contemporary Philosophy


BA (Auck)




Nick Agar has an MA from VUW and a PhD from the ANU. He has been teaching at VUW since 1996.

Research Areas

Nick Agar’s main research interests are in the ethics of the new genetics. He has also published on personal identity, environmental ethics, and the philosophy of mind.

Selected Publications


Truly Human Enhancement: A Philosophical Defense of Limits (MIT Press, 2014)

Humanity's End: Why We Should Reject Radical Enhancement (Cambridge MA: MIT Press, 2010)

Liberal Eugenics (Oxford: Blackwell, 2004)

Perfect Copy (Cambridge: Icon, 2002)

Life’s Intrinsic Value (New York: Columbia University Press, 2001)


“Functionalism and Personal Identity” Nous 37(2003): 52-70.

“Cloning and Identity” Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 28 (2003): 9-26.

Nick Agar's Personal Website

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