Teaching

The Centre has a strong commitment to teaching ethics. Our staff contribute to the teaching of ethics within the Oxford philosophy faculty and the professional schools (Saïd Business School and School of Medicine). In addition we are able to provide resources, advice and outreach for secondary school teachers on a range of ethical issues. We welcome contact with all those involved in teaching and researching ethics.

The Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics does not itself accept students, graduate or undergraduate, though its staff do teach students accepted by the University of Oxford.

Applied Ethics Graduate Discussion Group

BPhil classes in Practical Ethics

Practical Ethics Bites (aimed specifically at a schools audience and freely available, these podcasts are designed to link in with the Philosophy and Religious Studies A-Level syllabus) Link to follow.

Research Projects

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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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