BPhil Classes in Practical Ethics

Michaelmas Term 2014

BPhil Classes in Practical Ethics

Professor J Savulescu (convenor)

TUESDAYS, WEEK 1 – 8
11.00 A.M. – 1.00 P.M.
RYLE ROOM, FACULTY OF PHILOSOPHY, RADCLIFFE INFIRMARY QUARTER

Please email miriam.wood@philosophy.ox.ac.uk if you are interested in attending and to receive email versions of the papers, which will also be made available on Weblearn.

These classes are aimed primarily at BPhil students, though other students are welcome by arrangement. Classes will cover methods in practical ethics through the study of 8 major topics. Each session will require 3 set papers to be read in advance. Students will present two of these papers, for 15 minutes each. Additional optional reading will be provided for those who wish to read more on a topic.

MT14 Programme and reading list:  PDF  |  Word

Week One: 14 October
GENETIC SELECTION, EUGENICS AND BIOCONSERVATISM
Julian Savulescu and Guy Kahane

Week Two: 21 October
ENHANCEMENT AND SPORT
Julian Savulescu, Jonny Pugh

Week Three: 28 October
ADDICTION AND AUTONOMY            
Julian Savulescu, Josh Shepherd, Jonathan Pugh

Week Four: 4 November
COGNITIVE SCIENCE AND MORALITY
Guy Kahane and Josh Shepherd

Week Five: 11 November
THE WRONGNESS OF KILLING AND ABORTION
Julian Savulescu, Thomas Douglas, Jonny Pugh     

Week Six: 18 November
DISEASE, DISABILITY AND WELLBEING
Julian Savulescu and Guy Kahane

Week Seven: 25 November
POVERTY
Toby Ord

Week Eight: 3 December
MORAL STATUS & ANIMAL ETHICS
Thomas Douglas & Toby Ord

 

Research Projects

neuron60x60

Established in January 2009, The Oxford Centre for Neuroethics (hosted by the Uehiro Centre) aims to address concerns about the effects neuroscience and neurotechnologies will have on various aspects of human life. Its research focuses on five key areas: cognitive enhancement; borderline consciousness and severe neurological impairment; free will, responsibility and addiction; the neuroscience of morality and decision making; applied neuroethics. See project website. ahrc60x60

Science and Religious Conflict: The past decade has seen an explosion in empirical work on moral reasoning. We are coming to understand how people's moral judgments are shaped by interactions with others in their society. There are good reasons for thinking that people's moral judgements are mostly intuitive (recent empirical work by Jonathan Haidt and his collaborators supports this view) and that people's intuitions are powerfully shaped by the institutions around them, including religious institutions. Free resources on project webpages.   

ISEThe Institute for Science and Ethics was established in June 2005 with funding from the Oxford Martin School. It is a research project based within the University of Oxford’s Faculty of Philosophy and is directed by Professor Julian Savulescu. The project has a multidisciplinary team, which includes expertise in medicine, philosophy, practical ethics, sociology and psychology. See project website.

Volkswagen StiftungThe interdisciplinary research project Intuition and Emotion in Moral Decision Making: Empirical Research and Normative Implications is funded by the Volkswagen Foundation.  The project aims to elucidate the role of emotion and intuition in moral decision-making from an empirical, historical, and philosophical perspective. See project website.

 

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