2024 Lectures: Elizabeth Harman

Love and Abortion

We were honoured to welcome Professor Elizabeth Harman to Oxford to deliver the 2024 Annual Uehiro Lectures in Practical Ethics.

The three-part lecture series, entitled "Love and Abortion", took place in the H B Allen Centre, Keble College, on 25 April, 2 and 9 May 2024.

What does love teach us about abortion?  How does love challenge our ideas about abortion?  How can love explain the importance of abortion?

The engaging lectures were very well received, and each was followed by thoughtful and insightful discussions.

Links to the recordings and handouts can be found below.

Lecture 1: Love as the Reason We Need Abortion

Thursday 25 April 2024

Watch on YouTube | Handout for Lecture 1

Lecture 2: Loving Someone Whose Death Wouldn’t Matter

Thursday 2 May 2024

Watch on YouTubeHandout for Lecture 2

Lecture 3: When Does Love Make a Baby?

Thursday 9 May 2024

Watch on YouTube | Handout for Lecture 3

About the speaker

Photograph of Elizabeth Harman speaking

Elizabeth Harman is Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Philosophy and Human Values at Princeton University.  She writes about the ethics of procreation, the ethics of abortion, moral status, what we owe to animals, moral ignorance, moral uncertainty, practical reasoning and the significance of regret, and actions above and beyond what morality requires.  Harman is writing two books, Love and Abortion (from her Uehiro Lectures) and When To Be a Hero, about actions above and beyond what morality requires.

Harman is co-editor of two philosophy textbooks:  Norton Introduction to Philosophy, Second Edition (2018) and Norton Introduction to Ethics (in progress).  She also edits a book series for Princeton University Press, Insights:  Philosophy in Focus; the first book in the series will be out soon.

Harman is committed to helping academia become more inclusive and supportive.  She is Director of Early-Career Research at Princeton’s Center for Human Values, providing career development and placement support to the Center’s graduate student fellows and postdocs.  Harman co-created and co-runs the Athena in Action Networking and Mentoring Workshops for Graduate Student Women in Philosophy; more than two hundred philosophy graduate students have participated in these workshops since they began in 2014.

OUP book series

Details of Professor Harman's book for the Series will follow in due course.

Link to the Uehiro Series in Practical Ethics on the OUP website: http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/category/academic/series/philosophy/uspe.do