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The dappled causal world for psychiatric disorders: implications for psychiatric nosology

By Rebecca Roache Follow Rebecca on Twitter here   On Thursday 16th October, Professor Kenneth Kendler delivered his second (and final) Loebel Lecture, entitled ‘The dappled causal world for psychiatric disorders: implications for psychiatric nosology’. You can view it online here or listen here. Whilst Kendler’s first lecture—summarised by Roger Crisp here—focused on empirical issues, the second [...]


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Practical Ethics Bites Podcasts for Schools

Aimed specifically at a schools audience, these podcasts are designed to link in with the Philosophy and Religious Studies A-Level syllabus.

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Watch the 2014 Loebel Lectures

Video and audio files of the inaugural Loebel Lectures now available


read more...                                                                      21 Oct 2014

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New book: Griffin on Human Rights

Edited by Roger Crisp, this new book on the work of OUC's Distinguished Research Fellow, James Griffin, has recently been published by OUP.

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Series 4: The Philospher's Arms

Forthcoming: Janet Radcliffe Richards discusses sex equality on Radio 4's The Philosopher's Arms (6 Oct)

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Bioliberation Video

Bioliberation or Biothreat
Prof Julian Savulescu