Methods and Work in Progress Seminar in Practical and Medical Ethics

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Methods and Work in Progress Seminar in Practical and Medical Ethics

Convenor: Dr Rebecca Brown

Hilary 2020 Programme

Weeks 2, 4, 6 & 8 Thursdays 2-4pm

Lecture Theatre, Faculty of Philosophy, Radcliffe Humanities, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Rd. Oxford, OX2 6GG.


This seminar is an opportunity for graduate students from all departments whose work has an applied ethics dimension to join a practical and medical ethics seminar group led by researchers from the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics.


Each week, for the first hour of the seminar, one of the researchers will introduce a key topic in Practical or Medical Ethics, referencing various texts, including Medical Ethics and Law; a Curriculum for the 21st Century, 3rd edition. (This text can be accessed online, restricted to library computers in any Bodleian Library. It can also be borrowed from Green Templeton College library, Healthcare Library, and Jesus College library. Students affiliated with the Oxford Uehiro Centre can also access copies of the texts from us.)


During the second hour of the seminar students will be given the opportunity to present draft papers or thesis chapters for constructive comments and discussion with other graduate students, led by Dr Rebecca Brown


The Programme for Hilary is as follows:


Week 2: Thursday 30th Jan, 2 – 4pm, Prof Dominic Wilkinson on End of Life

Week 4: Thursday 13th Feb, 2-4pm, Dr Jonathan Pugh on Capacity

Week 6: Thursday 27th Feb, 2-4pm, Dr Rebecca Brown on Organ transplantation and definitions of death

Week 8: Thursday 12th Mar, 2-4pm, Dr Thomas Douglas on The Wrongness of Killing


Each week one student will have the opportunity to present a work in progress paper, giving a 10 min presentation. Another student will then give a 5 min initial response to the paper presented.  This will then be followed by an open group discussion for the remainder of the hour. Papers and reading material are circulated a week in advance via email.  Students who volunteer to present are asked to choose another session in which to respond.


The presenting and respondent spaces are issued on a first come first served basis so please email ASAP to ensure you get a space.  Responding to papers is as important an aspect of the seminar as presenting.

Please email if you wish to sign up for the mailing list for this seminar group, or to present or respond to a paper.