2023 Annual Uehiro Lectures

Series title:  Knowledge and Achievement: Their Value, Nature, and Public Policy Role

We are very pleased to announce that Professor Tom Hurka will deliver our 2023 Annual Uehiro Lectures in Practical Ethics in October 2023.  We look forward to welcoming him to Oxford for these lectures, which are open to the public and will be held in-person at the Oxford Martin School (see below for how to register).

Professor Hurka


Photograph of Thomas Hurka

Professor Thomas Hurka is currently Chancellor Henry N. R. Jackman Distinguished Professor of Philosophical Studies at the University of Toronto. He gained a B.Phil. and D.Phil. in Philosophy at University of Oxford University, after a B.A. at the University of Toronto.

Hurka has published on a number of topics, however his main area of research and teaching is moral and political philosophy, especially normative ethical theory. His writings focus on perfectionist moral theories: authored books include Perfectionism (OUP)  and Virtue, Vice, and Value (OUP). He has also discussed the justification of punishment, population ethics, nationalism, friendship, and the morality of war. 

In 2011, Professor Hurka published a non-academic book The Best Things in Life (OUP), about the many things – pleasure, knowledge, achievement, virtue, personal love – that can make life desirable. Later, in 2014, he published British Ethical Theorists From Sidgwick to Ewing (OUP), the first full historical study of an important strand in the development of modern moral philosophy. The book follows a series of British ethical theorists from the late nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century, who shared key assumptions that made them a unified and distinctive school.


Lecture Theatre, Oxford Martin School, 34 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BD


Friday 13 October, 4.30 - 6.30pm
Wednesday 18 October, 4.30 - 6.30pm (jointly arranged with Oxford's Moral Philosophy Seminars)
Friday 20 October, 4.30 - 6.30pm


Please register for each lecture separately on Bookwhen.

See 2023 Lectures webpage for further information.

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