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Health Sciences profile

Dr Taryn Knox

DepartmentBioethics Centre
QualificationsPhD MBHL MA BA(Hons) LLB (Otago)
Research summaryPhilosophy of psychiatry and medicine, mental health ethics, sport ethics
TeachingEthics to students of medicine, physiotherapy, pharmacy, and dentistry and oral health. BITC 201
MembershipsUniversity of Otago Human Ethics Committee


Taryn is interested in the ways in which the philosophy of language and the philosophy of science can inform ethical decisions in medicine, especially psychiatry. Her PhD focused on ways in which 'mental illness' could be defined to safeguard against abusive medical treatment, such as forced conversion therapy for gay people and the institutionalisation of political dissidents.

Taryn is currently working alongside Associate Professor Lynley Anderson in a project regarding the gender binary in sport, and how this could be adapted to ensure the inclusion of transgender athletes as well as fairness.


Martínková, I., Knox, T., Anderson, L., & Parry, J. (2022). Sex and gender in sport categorization: Aiming for terminological clarity. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/00948705.2022.2043755

Knox, T., & Anderson, L. (2021). Kid’s cage-fighting: It should be banned, right? Sport, Ethics & Philosophy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/17511321.2021.1933153

Anderson, L. C., & Knox, T. R. (2020). On Loland's conception of fair equality of opportunity in sport. Journal of Medical Ethics, 46(9), 595-596. doi: 10.1136/medethics-2020-106748

Knox, T., Anderson, L. C., & Heather, A. (2019). Transwomen in elite sport: Scientific and ethical considerations. Journal of Medical Ethics, 45, 395-403. doi: 10.1136/medethics-2018-105208