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Annual Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics

Annual Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics

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The Annual Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics 

Each year graduate and undergraduate students currently enrolled at the University of Oxford in any subject are invited to enter the Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics by submitting an essay of up to 2000 words on any topic relevant to practical ethics.  Eligibility includes visiting students who are registered as recognized students, and paying fees, but does not include informal visitors.  Two undergraduate papers and two graduate papers are shortlisted from those submitted to go forward to a public presentation and discussion, where the winner of each category is selected.  

 

The winner from each category receives £300, and the runner up £100. Revised versions of the two winning essays are considered for publication in the Journal of Practical Ethics, though publication is not guaranteed.

We are very excited that 2022 will see the 8th year of Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics. All details of how to enter is published each Michaelmas Term, and will be made available on this page, as well as publicised more widely accross the University.

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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

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

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

Tena Thau: Effective Altruism and Intersectional Feminism (Graduate)

 

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 Mentions in the Graduate category

Maximilian Kiener: “Consent and Causation”

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

Robert Underwood:  “Killing to Communicate”

 

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?’

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.’

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

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

 

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’.

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

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?’

Graduate Honourable Mentions: Sofiane Croisier “Brexit and morality” 

Benjamin Koons “Justice of punitive war” 

Areti Theofilopuolou “Is graffiti morally permissible?” 

Carissa VelizOn holding ethicists to higher moral standards” 

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”

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

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”

Graduate Honourable Mentions: C’zar Bernstein: Arguing About Guns

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?

Callum Hackett: Giving Ourselves Away.

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