Applied Ethics Graduate Discussion Group

Applied Ethics Graduate Discussion Group

Trinity 2017
Weeks 2, 4, 6 & 8, Fridays 11-1pm
Lecture Room, Faculty of Philosophy,
Radcliffe Humanities Building, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, OX2 6GG.


This work in progress seminar is an opportunity for graduate students from all departments whose work has an applied ethics dimension to present draft papers or thesis chapters for constructive comments and discussion with other graduate students, led by members of staff from the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics.


Sessions will take place Fridays, 11-1 in the Lecture Room, Faculty of Philosophy. Please email to be added to the mailing list to receive the programme and papers, or to present.


Each session has 2 presenting slots available. For each a paper is circulated a week in advance and then summarized for 10-15 minutes by the presenter. A volunteer from the group gives a 5 – 10 minute initial response, before open group discussion.


The presenting spaces are issued on a first come first served basis so please email asap to ensure you get a space.

Week 2: Friday 5th May, 11am – 1pm.  To be led by Dr Joshua Shepherd

Week 4: Friday 19th May, 11am -1pm.  To be led by Dr Joshua Shepherd

Week 6: Friday 2nd June, 11am – 1pm. To be led by Dr Joshua Shepherd

Week 8: Friday 16th June, 11am – 1pm.  To be led by Prof. Dominic Wilkinson

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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