8th Annual Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics

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Announcement of the Winners of the 8th Annual Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics 

HT22 Week 9, Tuesday 15th March, 5:30pm – 7:00 pm. 

Please join us in congratulating all four of the finalists in the National Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics 2022, and in particular our winners, Matthew Price and Lily Moore-Eissenberg.

This, the 8th Annual Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics was, for the first time, held as a National competition. From 5:30pm on the 15th March, in the lecture theatre of the Faculty of Philosophy, as well as online, the four finalists presented their papers and ideas to an audience and responded to a short Q&A as the final round in the competition. 

Undergraduate Category

Winner: Matthew Price - Why We Should Negatively Discount the Well-Being of Future Generations

Runner Up: Leo Rogers - Terra nullius, populus sine terra: who may settle Antarctica?

Honourable Mentions: Lukas Joosten - When Money Can’t Buy Happiness: Does Our Duty to Assist the Needy Require Us to Befriend the Lonely?

Alexander Scoby - Why don’t we just let the wise rule?!

 

Graduate Category

Winner: Lily Moore-Eissenberg - Legal Proof and Structural Injustice: Should jurors be given information about structural racism?

Runner Up: Avital Fried - Statistical Evidence and the Criminal Verdict Asymmetry

Honourable Mentions: Lise du Buisson - How should career choice ethics address ignorance-related harms?

Kabir Singh Bakshi - Against Broome’s ‘Against Denialism’

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Congratulations to our Winners and Runners up in the Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics 2021

Please join us in congratulating all of the finalists in this final for the Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics, and in particular our winners, Imogen Rivers and Lily Moore-Eissenberg.

As the UK continues to be in lockdown due to the pandemic, the 7th Annual Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics was again held as a Zoom webinar event. The Finalists in each category presented their ideas to an online audience and responded to a short Q&A as the final round in the competition.

When: Wednesday 10th March, 5pm – 6:30 pm.

Undergraduate Category

Winner: Imogen Rivers: Against Making a Difference

Runner Up:Tanae Rao: Why, if at all, is it unethical for universities to prioritise applicants related to their alumni

Honourable Mention: Edward Lamb: ‘Rational Departure’: What Does Stoicism Reveal About Contemporary Attitudes Towards Suicide?

Graduate Category

Winner: Lily Moore-Eissenberg: Causing People to Exist and Compensating Existing People. Does the nonidentity problem undermine the case for reparations?

Joint Runners Up: Rebecca L Clark: Should Feminists endorse a Universal Basic Income  &

Oshmita Ray: May the use of violent civil disobedience be justified as a response to institutional racism?

Honourable Mention: Jules Desai: Is there a moral difference between Corpses biological and artificial?

Congratulations to our Winners and Runners up in the Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics 2020

Please join us in congratulating all of the finalists in this unique final for the Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics, and in particular our winners, Eric Sheng and Maya Krishnan.

In an Oxford Uehiro Centre first the 6th Annual Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics was held as a Zoom webinar event. The Finalists in each category presented their ideas to an online audience and responded to a short Q&A as the final round in the competition.

When: Mar 19, 2020 05:30 PM London

Topic: 6th Annual Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics

Undergraduate Category

Winner: Eric Sheng: Why is virtual wrongdoing morally disquieting, insofar as it is?

Runner UpToby S. Lowther: Can science ethically make use of data which was gathered by unethical means?

Honourable Mention: Angelo Ryu: What, if anything, is wrong about algorithmic administration?

Graduate Category

Winner: Maya Krishnan: Can it be wrong for victims to report crimes?

Runner Up: Matthew John Minehan: Post-Sally and the minimally conscious mollusc

Honourable Mention: Brian Wong: An account of attitudinal duties towards injustice (Graduate)

Honourable Mention: Tess Johnson: Enhancing the Critique: What’s wrong with the collectivist critique and what can the relational approach contribute? (Graduate)

Honourable Mention: Tena Thau: Effective Altruism and Intersectional Feminism (Graduate)

Congratulations to our Winners and Runners up in the Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics 2019

The 5th Annual Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics Final Presentation and Reception

HT19 Week 8, Wednesday 6th March, 4:30 – 5:45 pm.

The Presentation was held in St Luke’s Chapel, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Oxford OX2 6HT, followed by a drinks reception until 7:00 pm.

Undergraduate Category

Winner: Harry Lloyd with his essay “What, if anything, is objectionable about gentrification?”

Runner Up: Angelo Ryu with his essay “Do Jurors Have a Moral Obligation to Avoid Deadlock?”

Graduate Category

Winner: Tena Thau with her essay “Love Drugs and Expanding the Romantic Circle”

Joint Runners Up: Miles Kellerman with his essay “The Ethical Dilemma of Disclosing Offshore Accounts” and Brian Wong with his essay “Should We Contact Uncontacted Peoples?: A Case for a Samaritan Rescue Principle”

Honourable Mention: Maximilian Kiener: “Consent and Causation”

Honourable Mention: Michelle Lee:  “Practical Ethics of Machine Learning and Discriminatory Lending”

Honourable Mention: Robert Underwood:  “Killing to Communicate”

Congratulations to our Winners and Runners up in the Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics 2018

The 4th Annual Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics Final Presentation and Reception

HT18 Week 6, Thursday 22nd February, 4.00 – 5.50 pm.

The Presentation was held in Seminar Room 1, Oxford Martin School (corner of Catte St and Broad St), followed by a drinks reception in Seminar room 2 until 7:00 pm.

Undergraduate Category

Winner: Jonathan Latimer with his essay ‘Why we Should Genetically ‘Disenhance’ Animals Used in Factory Farms’

Runner Up: Brian Wong with his essay ‘On Relational Injustice: Could Colonialism Have Been Wrong Even if it Had Introduced More Benefits Than Harms?’

Graduate Category

Winner: Miles Unterreiner with his essay ‘The Paradox of the Benefiting Samaritan’

Runner Up: James Kirkpatrick with his essay ‘When is Sex With Conjoined Twins Permissible?’

Honorable Mention: Tena Thau with her essay ‘Should Cryonics be Compulsory?’

Congratulations to our Winners and Runners up in the Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics 2017

The 3rd Annual Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics Final Presentation and Reception

HT17 Week 7, Wednesday 1st March, 4.00 – 5.50 pm.

The Presentation was held in Seminar Room 1, Oxford Martin School (corner of Catte St and Broad St), followed by a drinks reception in Seminar room 2 until 7:00 pm.

Undergraduate Category

Winner: Paul de Font-Reaulx, with his essay ‘What Makes Discrimination Wrong?’

Runner up: Andreas Masvie with his essay ‘The Ethical Dilemma of Youth Politics’.

Honourable Mention: Isabel Canfield: ‘Secondary Intention in Euthanasia’.

Graduate Category

Winner: Romy Eskens with her essay Is Sex With Robots rape? On the Permissibility of Cosentless Sex With Robots’.

Runner up: Jonas Haeg with his essay ‘Should We Completely Ban “Political Bots”?’

Honourable Mention: Simon-Pierre Chevarie-Cossette: Prostitution: You Can’t Have Your Cake and Sell It.’

Honourable Mention: Fergus Peace: ‘Global Warming and Vegetarianism: What should I do, when what I do makes no difference?’

Honourable Mention: Rebecca Buxton: ‘In It To Win It: Is Prize Giving Bad for Philosophy?’

Congratulations to our Winners and Runners up in the Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics 2016

The 2nd Annual Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics Final Presentation and Reception

HT16 Week 7, Wednesday 2nd March, 4.00 – 5.50 pm.

The Presentation was held in Seminar Room 1, Oxford Martin School (corner of Catte St and Broad St), followed by a drinks reception in Seminar room 2 until 6.45 pm.

Undergraduate Category

Joint Winners:  Carolina Flores Henrique, with her essay ‘Should feminists in rich countries shift their focus to international development?’ & Thomas Sittler with his essay ‘How should vegetarians actually live? A reply to Xavier Cohen’.

Honourable Mention: Mahmoud Ghanem “Should we take moral advice from our computers?” 

Honourable Mention: Raphael Hogarth “Are offensive jokes permissible if they’re funny?” 

Graduate Category

Winner: Joseph Bowen with his essay ‘Necessity and liability’.

Runner up: Benjamin Lange with his essay ‘Should you switch to an altruistic career?’

Honourable Mention: Sofiane Croisier “Brexit and morality” 

Honourable Mention: Benjamin Koons “Justice of punitive war” 

Honourable Mention: Areti Theofilopuolou “Is graffiti morally permissible?” 

Honourable Mention: Carissa VelizOn holding ethicists to higher moral standards” 

Congratulations to our Winners and Runners up in the Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics 2015

The 1st Annual Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics Final Presentation and Reception

HT15 Week 8, Thursday 12th March 2015 4:30 – 5:50pm.

The Presentation was held in Seminar Room 1, Oxford Martin School (corner of Catte St and Broad St), followed by a drinks reception in Seminar room 2 until 6.45 pm.

Undergraduate Category

Winner: Xavier Cohen with his essay: How Should Vegans Live?

Runner Up: Dillon Bowen with his essay “The Economics of Morality”

Honourable Mention: Benedict Hardwick: Can a Contractarian Rationally Donate to Charity?

Honourable Mention: Fionn O’Donovan: In light of the value of personal relationships, is immortality desirable?

Graduate Category:

Winner: Jessica Laimann with her essay:  Is prohibition of breast implants a good way to undermine harmful and unequal social norms?

Runner Up: Miles Unterreiner with his essay “Going Viral: Contagion and the Limits of Free Speech”

Honourable Mention: C’zar Bernstein: Arguing About Guns

Honourable Mention: Catrin Gibson:   If one is genuinely concerned with the welfare of non-human animals, should one seriously consider the disenhancement of intensively-farmed livestock as a possible method of reducing animal suffering?

Honourable Mention: Callum Hackett: Giving Ourselves Away.

Podcast of the final presentations is available here: http://media.philosophy.ox.ac.uk/uehiro/HT15_essay_prize.mp3