The Practical Ethics Channel

Practical Ethics Video Series

The Practical Ethics Video Series makes the most important and complex debates in practical ethics accessible to a wide audience through brief interviews with high profile philosophers. In this series of interviews with Dr Katrien Devolder (Philosophy, Oxford), Peter Singer, Shelly Kagan, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, John Harris and many others discuss a wide range of topics including Ethical AI, Medical Ethics, Privacy, Animal Ethics. See tabbed content below for featured interview.

Thinking Out Loud: Corona Edition

Katrien Devolder announces a new Thinking Out Loud: Corona Edition video series with philosophers and other experts discussing ethical issues raised by the corona-crisis. See tabbed content below for updated playlist.

Thinking Out Loud: Corona Edition

Thinking Out Loud Interviews: Corona Edition

(Un)fair access to Covid-19 treatment in Mexico?

With César Palacios-González on fair access to Covid-19 treatment in Mexico - about how problems of corruption and racism in Mexico posed challenges for developing the federal guidelines for the allocation of scarce medical resources (3 June 2020)

Past the Peak of the Coronavirus Pandemic: Triage of Non-Covid-19 patients

Some countries are now past the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, and new ethical issues are arising: the healthcare system continues to be under enormous pressure: because of safety measures, it works much less efficiently than before, there will continue to be Covid-19 patients, and there is an enormous backlog of patients whose treatments have been put on hold. Who should now get treatment first, and who will have to wait? OUCs Dominic Wilkinson, Professor of Medical Ethics and Consultant in Newborn Intensive Care, sheds some light on this important and extremely urgent ethical question, and proposes a practical solution (27 May 2020).

Covid19 - Should doctors and nurses keep working if they lack personal protective equipment?

Hundreds of health and social care workers have already died during the coronavirus pandemic. In this conversation with Katrien Devolder, Philosopher Udo Schüklenk argues that it is morally permissible for doctors, nurses and other care workers to stop working if they lack PPE (28 April 2020).

Is the coronavirus pandemic worse for women?

Dr Ganguli Mitra talks about how pandemics increase existing inequalities in societies, and how this may result in even more victims than those from the disease itself. She urges governments and others to take social justice considerations much more into account when preparing for, and tackling, pandemics. This is an interview with Katrien Devolder as part of the Thinking Out Loud video series (17 April 2020).

Triage in an Italian ICU During the Coronavirus Pandemic

In this episode of Thinking Out Loud, Katrien Devolder talks to Italian  intensive care specialist, Dr Marco Vergano, about his experiences at his ICU during the coronavirus pandemic, and the difficult decisions he is faced with on a daily basis about who to treat and who to let die (8 April 2020).

What caused the coronavirus pandemic?

In this Thinking Out Loud interview, Katrien Devolder talks to philosopher Peter Singer about the causes of the coronavirus outbreak and what ought to be done to prevent future pandemics (2 April 2020). 

Announcing the New Thinking Out Loud: Corona Edition

In this video, Katrien Devolder announces a new Thinking Out Loud video series with philosophers and other experts discussing ethical issues raised by the corona-crisis.

Practical Ethics Series: Featured Interview

Peter Singer on the Global Kidney Exchange Programme

In this interview with Katrien Devolder (University of Oxford), Prof. Peter Singer (Princeton and Melbourne Universities) defends the Global Kidney Exchange (GKE) programme, which matches donor–recipient pairs across high-income, medium-income, and low-income countries. The GKE has been accused of being a form of organ trafficking, exploiting the poor, and involving coercion and commodification of donors.  Peter Singer refutes these claims, and argues that the GKE promotes global justice and reduces the potential for people in need of kidneys in low-income and medium-income countries to be exploited.
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