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Updated 19 October 2022

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Industrial action is currently taking place at universities around the country including Oxford. This University webpage provides more information about the industrial action, and what it means for students, with answers to some helpful FAQs:

Please be aware that some of our internal events may be affected by up until 20 April 2023, and we will update the website with further information when known.

Updated 10 January 2023

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A selection of seminars and special lectures on wide-ranging topics relating to practical ethics. The Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics was established in 2002 with the support of the Uehiro Foundation on Ethics and Education of Japan. It is an integral part of the philosophy faculty of Oxford University, one of the great centres of academic excellence in philosophical ethics.

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The OUC Internal Research Seminars provide an internal-only 'safe space' for OUC's post-doc Researchers and Academic Visitors to present a finished paper, current work-in-progress (WiP) paper or ideas for a future paper to a peer-group.

Each seminar lasts approximately one hour, with the presenter introducing their paper/ideas for approx. 20 minutes, followed by approx. 40 minutes for questions and further discussion. The sessions are not recorded or made available to the public.

OUC staff, visitors, students and collaborators from Ethox and Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities are warmly invited to join these in-person talks at Littlegate House.

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The Oxford Philosophy and Medicine Network provides a forum that encourages interaction between academics interested in the Philosophy of Medicine. The Network includes researchers working within medical ethics and foundational issues in the philosophy of medicine, yet has been focused mostly on more practical issues about the nature of medical evidence, and practical ethics. This includes empirical ethics and empirical philosophy. More information here.

Each seminar lasts approximately one hour, with the presenter introducing their paper/ideas for approx. 20 minutes, followed by approx. 40 minutes for questions and further discussion. The sessions are not recorded or made available to the public.

All University of Oxford members with an interest in Philosophy and Medicine are warmly invited to join. To request the Zoom links email

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Annual Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics

Announcing the Winners and Runners Up in the 9th Annual National Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics

HT23 Week 9, Tuesday 14th 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 2023, and in particular our winners, Lukas Joosten and Avital Fried. We would also like to thank our judges, Prof Roger CrispProf Edward Harcourt and Dr Sarah Raskoff.

This, the final of the 9th Annual National Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics, was held on the 14th March in the lecture theatre of the Faculty of Philosophy, as well as online. During the final the four finalists presented their papers and ideas to an audience and responded to a short Q&A as the deciding round in the competition. A selection of the winning essays and honourable mentions will be published on the Practical Ethics in the News Blog.

Undergraduate Category:

Winner: Lukas Joosten, “Turning up the Hedonic Treadmill: Is it Morally Impermissible for Parents to Give Their Children a Luxurious Standard of Living?”

Runner Up: Chase Mizzell, “Against Using AI to Influence Our Future Selves in Ways That Bypass or Subvert Rationality”

Honourable Mentions: James French: How can we address the gender gap in anaesthesia and the wider medical workplace?

Leah O’Grady, “What is wrong with stating slurs?”

Tanae Rao, “Why the Responsibility Gap is Not a Compelling Objection to Lethal Autonomous Weapons”

Maria Rotaru, “Causal links and duties to past, present, and future generations: why and to whom do the affluent have moral obligations?”

Graduate Category:

Winner: Avital Fried, “Criminal Confessions and Content-Sensitive Testimonial Injustice”

Runner Up: Leora Urim Sung, “Should I Give or Save?”

Honourable Mentions:

Samuel Iglesias, “Ethical Biological Naturalism and the Case Against Moral Status for AIs”

Thomas Long, “The Ambiguous Ethicality of Applause: Ethnography’s Uncomfortable Challenge to the Ethical Subject”

Pablo Neira, “Why Preventing Predation Can Be a Morally Right Cause for Effective Altruism?”

Kyle van Oosterum, “How Confucian Harmony Can Help Us Deal With Echo Chambers”

Trenton Andrew Sewell, “Should Social Media Companies Use Artificial Intelligence to Automate Content Moderation on their Platforms and, if so, Under What Conditions?”

James Shearer, “Do we have an Obligation to Diversify our Media Consumption?”

Lucy Simpson, “Why Our Actions Matter: The Case for Fluid Moral Status.”

Visit the Prize webpage for detailed instructions on how to enter, as well as information on previous winners.