Faculty of Arts - Humanities

Associate Professor Tim Dare

BA, LLB(Hons), M.Jur (Dist) (Auckland), PhD (Alberta)

Head of Philosophy,
Associate Professor of Philosophy,
Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand

Associate Professor Tim Dare

Humanities, Philosophy

Email: t.dare@auckland.ac.nz

Extension: 87493 (ph + 64 9 373 7599)

Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 87493

Arts 2
18 Symonds St
Level 3
Room 318

Research interests

Philosophy of law, applied and professional ethics.

Current research

  • Professional and Applied Ethics
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Medical Ethics

A common theme in my work in ethics and applied ethics been has been a scepticism as to the satisfactoriness of virtues ethics accounts of obligation: that scepticism flows from the view I have defended on authority.

Research specialties:

  • Professional and Applied Ethics: I have recently published a book on legal ethics that brings together various research themes around roles, obligations and authority. That book ended with a chapter on personal integrity and authority and foreshadows future research.
  • Philosophy of Law: I am interested in the way in which rules function as reasons for action; the plausibility of broadly positivist theories of law, and in the way in which jurisprudence plays out in ethical analysis of law. The issues in analytic jurisprudence connect closely with my interest in integrity and authority.
  • Medical Ethics: I have been engaged in research into paternalism and autonomy, and have just completed an empirical research project into the influence of the cost of unfunded drugs on clinicians’ decisions about the information they give to patients. (See Dare T., Findlay M., Browett P., Amies K., Anderson S. 2010)
  • Philosophical methodology: I am the co-author (with Dr Justine Kingsbury of the University of Waikato) of a recent paper on the Burden of Proof. Dr Kingsbury and I have also written a linked paper on the uses of scientific data in philosophical argument.

Associate Professor Tim Dare's Research

Recent publications


Dare, T. The Counsel of Rogues? A Defence of the Standard Conception of the Lawyer's Role Aldershot, Ashgate; 182pp. 2009.

Co-edited book

Dare T., Wendel W.B., (eds.) Professional Ethics and Personal Integrity. Newcastle upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Press, 294pp. 2010.

Refereed journal articles

Dare T., Findlay M., Browett P., Amies K., Anderson S. (2010) "Paternalism in practice: Informing Patients about Expensive Unfunded Drugs", Journal of Medical Ethics J Med Ethics 2010 36: 260-264.

Dare, T. (2010) "Deceiving third parties" Journal of Primary Health Care, 2.1, 84-85.

Dare, T. (2009) "Parental Rights and Medical Decisions" Paediatric Anaesthesia 19: 947-952.

Dare T., Miles, F. (2009) "Scoliosis Repair in a Teenager with Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy; Who Calls the Shots?" Paediatric Anaesthesia, Volume 19, Number 10, October, 1022-1024.

Dare T. (2009) "Tom Campbell’s Ethical Positivism" Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy, 34, 294-300.

Dare T., Kingsbury J. (2008) "Putting the Burden of Proof in its Place: when are Differential Allocations Legitimate", The Southern Journal of Philosophy, 46, 503-518.

Sections in books

Dare. T. "Distance detachment and integrity", in Dare T., Wendel W. B., (eds.) Professional Ethics and Personal Integrity. Newcastle upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Press, 100-124, 2010.


Dare T. (2010) "Immunisation Programmes: Some Philosophical Issues" in Michael Freeman (ed.) The Ethics of Public Health, Volume II. Aldershot, Ashgate, 303-329, reprint of Dare T. "Mass Immunisation Programmes: Some Philosophical Issues" Bioethics, 12, 125-149, 1998.

Dare T. (2010) "Lawyers, Ethics, and To Kill A Mockingbird" in Donald Noble (ed.) Critical Insights: To Kill a Mockingbird. Pasadena, Salem Press, 94-111, reprint of Dare T. "Lawyers, Ethics, and To Kill A Mockingbird" Philosophy and Literature 25 (1), 127-141, 2001.

Associate Professor Tim Dare's Recent Publications

Career history

Previous appointments

1990-1992 Lecturer in Philosophy and Law, Victoria University of Wellington

1987 Solicitor, Shieff, Angland, Dew, Auckland

1984-1987, Judges Clerk, High of New Zealand

Professional societies and service

Editorial Board Legal Ethics

Book Review Editor Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy

Chair Health Research Council Ethics Committee: 2007 –

Member Clinical Ethics Committees of Waitemata and Auckland District Health Boards

Member The University of Auckland Human Subjects Ethics Committee

Member NZ Medical Council Major Transmissible Virus Committee

Member of the HRC Data Safety Monitoring Committee

Chair, Northern Y, Health and Disability Ethics Committee: 1999-2006

Current teaching

Course Title Availability in 2014
PHIL 103 Freedom, Rights and Justice Semester 1
PHIL 105 Critical Thinking Summer School, repeated Semester 1 and 2
PHIL 217 Philosophy of Law Semester 2
PHIL 318 Theory of Applied and Professional Ethics Semester 2
PHIL 337 Philosophy of Law Semester 2
PHIL 765 Special Topic: Roles and Obligations Not offered in 2014.

Associate Professor Tim Dare's Teaching

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