Events and Seminars

The centre runs and participates in a number of events, and is a founding member of the Oxford Bioethics Network. Graduate students can take advantage of these strong links by attending courses and seminars at Ethox as well as our termly Uehiro Seminars in Practical Ethics, which are all part of the network. There are opportunities to present at these seminars, which range from the applied ethics graduate discussion groups, to termly work in progress workshops, organized collaboratively with Professor John Harris’s Institute for Science Ethics and Innovation in Manchester, where our postgraduate students are invited to present alongside some of the leaders in the field. The wide range of lectures at the Philosophy Faculty are also open to graduate students, including the weekly Moral Philosophy Seminar series at the Faculty of Philosophy which invites the world’s best moral philosophers each week during term. There is also a wide range of special invited lectures at the Faculty. Recent special lecturers include Michael Sandel, Loane Skene, Luciano Floridi and Philip Brey.

Research Projects


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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