Brenda Almond

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Professor Brenda Almond is Emeritus Professor of Moral and Social Philosophy at the University of Hull, and also serves as President of the Philosophical Society of England and Vice-President of the Society for Applied Philosophy, the journal of which Almond co-edited, along with conservative activist and academic Anthony O'Hear (adviser to conservative think tanks the Social Affairs Unit[1]and Reform[2]). Almond herself has also been an adviser to conservative think tanks. She was a member of the 'Family Law Review' working group of the Centre for Social Justice[3] and sits on the Academic Advisory Council of Civitas.[4]


According to the Family Education Trust (FET), Almond wrote 'a devastating critique of the government’s teenage pregnancy strategy' for the Daily Mail newspaper. ‘[F]ar from promoting restraint or commitment,the entire emphasis of this politically correct system is on the so-called ‘sexual rights’ of young people'. FET said she was particularly critical of the prevalent approach to sex education in schools ‘with its concentration on self-gratification and its aggressive refusal ever to condemn any form of personal behaviour, no matter how destructive’ and lamented the fact that this ‘nonjudgmental attitude has … become the new secular religion of our times, with any attempt to raise issues of morality now regarded as a form of heresy’. [5]



Almond is author of The Fragmenting Family, published by Oxford University Press, a subject on which she addressed the Family Education Trust annual conference in 2006.[5]



  1. Social Affairs unit Marketing the Revolution, p.11, accessed 18 April 2011
  2. Reform our People, accessed 18 April 2011
  3. Centre for Social Justice Working Groups, accessed 19 March 2012
  4. Civitas What we do, accessed 19 March 2012
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Bulletin No. 139 Spring 2010, Family Education Trust website, accessed 19 March 2012