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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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William MacAskill

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Will MacAskill

William MacAskill is a DPhil student at St Anne's College, Oxford.  Prior to that, he did the BPhil at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, and was an undergraduate at Jesus College, Cambridge. His research interests are within practical ethics, theoretical ethics, and decision theory.  His DPhil research addresses questions concerning what one ought to do when one is uncertain between different moral perspectives.  He also works on the ethics of choosing a career and on issues related to the prioritization of global problems.  He is President of 80,000 Hours, a community for people who aim to pursue those careers that enable them to do the most to help other people.  He will spend the academic year 2012-13 in the USA as a Fulbright Scholar at Princeton University.  CV and papers.