Practical Ethics provides a daily ethical analysis of the latest developments in science, technology and other current affairs.


Open Access Resources

Open Access

The Centre is committed to raising awareness of ethical issues in the broader community and stimulating debate in the public arena. To this end, the resources listed on these pages are freely available to the public, and include journal articles , our Journal of Practical Ethics and online lectures (MP3 and MP4).



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The Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics was established in 2003 with the generous support of the Uehiro Foundation on Ethics and Education of Japan. It is an integral part of the philosophy faculty of Oxford University, one of the great centres of academic excellence in philosophical ethics.

Oxford is one of the world's great centres for philosophy. More than one hundred and fifty professional philosophers work in the University and its colleges, between them covering a vast range of subjects within philosophy.    read more...




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Video: Janet Radcliffe Richards on BBC's Newsnight

OUC's Distinguished Research Fellow, Professor Janet Radcliffe Richards, discusses the ethics of using drugs to promote prosocial behaviour. 

read more...                                                                      30 Mar 2015

Latest open access publication

'The Harms of Enhancement and the Conclusive Reasons View' in Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, by Tom Douglas

read more...                                                                      19 Mar 2015

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Oxford Uehiro-St Cross Visiting Programme 2015-16

Graduate students, postdoctoral and senior academics ordinarily resident in Japan are invited to apply for a Visiting Student Scholarship Award.

read more...                                                                      24 Mar 2015

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'Brave New Love' paper in top three most downloaded

Earp, Savulescu and Sandberg paper has been included in special collection of most downloaded articles in 2014.

read more...                                                                      04 Feb 2015


The Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics hosts scholars and students wishing to engage in research in practical and applied ethics as academic visitors. Applications are invited three times a year and are to be submitted at least one term in advance of the proposed dates of the visit. Further details here.



There are currently no vacancies.




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