Simon Rippon is a philosopher specializing in moral and political philosophy, with particular interests in metaethics, epistemology, bioethics, propaganda and the epistemology of democracy, and the philosophy of public policy. Between 2017 and 2020 he was a coordinator for the ETHOS project ("Towards a European Theory of Justice and Fairness"), funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme. There he conducted research with a focus on methodology in political theory. Between 2009 and 2012 he was a post doctoral fellow in bioethics at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics in the University of Oxford, a Junior Research Fellow at Somerville College, and a Tutor in Philosophy at Oriel College. He received his PhD in Philosophy at Harvard in 2010, with a dissertation on metaethical and epistemological issues relating to the question of how there can be knowable moral truths. At Harvard, he was a Graduate Fellow of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at the Kennedy School of Government.
He joined Central European University in 2012 and is currently Associate Professor in the Departments of Philosophy and Public Policy at CEU, Vienna. He served as a member of the CEU Ethical Research Committee from 2013 to 2020 and as its Chair from 2020 to 2022, and also as a member of the OSUN Human Subject Research Ethics Review Board. He was a member the CEU Senate between 2016 and 2022,