Geroscience and Political Imagination: The Science of Healthy Aging


Friday March 8, 2024
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The Department of Political Studies Presents The Sir Edward Peacock Professor of Political Theory Inaugural Lecture

Colin Farrelly - Sir Edward Peacock Professor of Political Theory, Queen's Department of Political Studies 

Geroscience and Political Imagination: The Science of Healthy Aging

Friday, March 8, 2024 

12:00-1:30 PM

Mackintosh-Corry Hall | Room D216

Light lunch served - registration is encouraged, but not required:

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Dr. Farrelly is the Sir Edward Peacock Professor of Political Theory in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University. He is cross-appointed with the Department of Philosophy and occasionally teaches in the School of Policy Studies.

Over his 20+ year academic career, Dr. Farrelly has held academic appointments in 10 different departments in Political Science, Philosophy, and Public Policy in England, Scotland, the United States, and Canada. Previous appointments include Visiting Professor in UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs, Fulbright Visiting Research Chair at the University of Manoa in Hawaii, Research Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford University, Visitor in Oxford’s Program on Ethics and the New Biosciences, as well as permanent academic appointments at Waterloo University, Manchester University and the University of Birmingham.  

The author and editor of 6 books and approximately 50 journal articles, Colin’s publications include articles in journals in political science, philosophy, feminism, law, science, and medicine. He has published on a diverse array of topics, including the health challenges posed by population aging, the creation and evolution of patriarchy, virtue ethics, virtue epistemology, virtue jurisprudence, play and politics, freedom of expression, judicial review, non-ideal theory, gene patents, deliberative democracy, nanotechnology, sex selection, toleration, a citizen’s basic income, enhancing soldiers and economic incentives.

Dr. Farrelly believes science and science policy constitute the most significant areas of knowledge and public policy in the 21st century, and for the past 20+ years much of his research has focused on the ethical and social implications of advances in the biomedical sciences, especially human genetics and “geroscience”.  The latter aspires to increase the human health span by altering the rate of biological aging.