Our Practical Ethics YouTube Channel includes videos of recent public talks such as our Annual Lectures and our St Cross Special Ethics Seminars. There are also many interviews (including the popular Thinking Out Loud series) with OUC research staff, distinguished philosophers, scientists and other experts on a variety of topics such as animal welfare, medical ethics, crime and punishment, conscientious objection, behavioural nudges, and more!
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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.
Practical Ethics Series
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.
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.
OUC Lectures and Seminars
OUC Lectures and Seminars
Video recordings of many of our recent public lectures and seminars are available on our YouTube playlist here.