Festival 2022

Join the Oxford Uehiro Centre and colleagues from across Oxford in exploring how to think critically about life in this public festival of practical ethics. The Festival of Arguments is free to take part in, and focusses on exploring today’s most pressing ethical dilemmas. Join us for walks, talks, debates, competitions, classes and more!

How to get involved

We are live! Join us for the Festival of Arguments between 13th and 18th June 2022.

Each day during the week a variety of events are taking place that delve deeply into specific issues, as well as taking a step back to explore what practical ethics really is, and how important it is to all of us as we navigate the modern world. We ask how we should respond to our local environment, explore deep-seated ethical responses in individuals and also think more widely about how we can work as communities to achieve the ethical outcomes we want. You can see the programme and book your place on events in the tab to the right ‘Festival 2022’.

Lunchtime events include a repeat of the popular programme of ‘Bitesize ethics’ – short classes with lots of opportunities for discussion which explore a variety of topics, and Uncomfortable Oxford’s walking tours are also back due to popular demand. New events include an exploration of two thought experiments by Dave Edmonds, and a magical family-friendly day at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History exploring Animal Ethics.

More events will be added as the details are finalised so please do check in again to see more activities. You can keep in touch by joining the Festival's mailing list and following us on Facebook and Twitter.

We do hope that you will join us for these events, which can be booked online from this web page. If you’re interested in putting on an event as part of the festival next year, or would like to suggest an event please email us. 

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Thinking Out Loud

The current focus of Thinking Out Loud is on Animals and Pandemics. Covid-19 is very likely a zoonotic disease, which means that it was transmitted from animals  to humans. Other dangerous infectious diseases, such as SARS, MERS, Ebola and HIV originated in animals too. In fact, of all emerging infectious diseases in humans, 75% are zoonotic. Joining Katrien Devolder are philosophers, scientists and other experts to discuss how we might prevent future pandemics. See all our TOL interviews on our YouTube channel playlist.

Episode 3: Factory farms are breeding grounds for pandemics! with Professor Aaron S. Gross (University of San Diego)

In this interview with Dr Katrien Devolder (University of Oxford), Professor Aaron S. Gross (University of San Diego) explains why factory farms are breeding grounds for pandemics, and what we, as individuals, can do to help end factory farming (even if we don't feel ready yet to become a vegan...)




Episode 2: Should we feed our pets a vegan diet?, with Dr Josh Milburn (Sheffield)

There are plenty of good reasons to avoid products from factory farms. We can change our own diets, but can we change that of our pets? We discuss the option of vegan pet food, pet food made from invertebrates, and in vitro meat (incl. in vitro human flesh!).

Episode 1:  How to prevent future pandemics, with Jeff Sebo (Professor of Environmental Studies at NYU)

Katrien and Jeff discuss factory farms as breeding grounds for pandemics, and the importance of considering human and animal health together.

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