The Faculty of Philosophy

The Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics is based at theFaculty of Philosophy in the University of Oxford . The Faculty is an international centre for philosophical research and is well placed to provide graduate students with the intellectual training and career development opportunities that will enable both successful DPhil completion and a sound preparation for entering the academic world. The Faculty of Philosophy provides an outstanding, vigorous and unique research environment for this project. Awarded 5* in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise, it has a large and interdisciplinary community of approximately 135 academic members. Oxford thus contains the largest group of philosophers in the UK, and one of the largest in the world. Furthermore, each year, many distinguished philosophers from around the world visit Oxford to give lectures and seminars. In addition to its permanent academic staff, the Faculty has over 100 graduate students undertaking advanced level courses, and a number of post-doctoral and research staff. This makes for an exceptionally vibrant intellectual community in which a student may engage.

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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