BPhil Classes in Practical Ethics

Michaelmas Term 2017

CONVENORS: BECKY BROWN AND GUY KAHANE
MONDAYS, WEEK 1 – 8
11.00 A.M. – 1.00 P.M.
RYLE ROOM, FACULTY OF PHILOSOPHY, RADCLIFFE INFIRMARY QUARTER

See full programme and reading list

Week One: 9 October
DISABILITY
Guy Kahane and Becky Brown

Week Two: 16 October
COMMODIFICATION
Becky Brown

• Margaret Jane Radin (1987) ‘Market-Inalienability’, Harvard Law Review, Vol. 100, No. 8, pp. 1849-1937
• Michael Sandel (1998) ‘What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets’, The Tanner Lectures on Human Values.
• Deborah Satz (1992) ‘Markets in Women’s Reproductive Labor’, Philosophy and Public Affairs, Vol. 21, No. 2, pp. 107-131.

Week Three: 23 October
GENE EDITING AND SELECTION
Katrien Devolder and Tom Douglas

• Savulescu, J., and G. Kahane. 2009. The moral obligation to create children with the best chance of the best life. Bioethics 23(5): 274–290
• Elster J . 2011. Procreative beneficence—Cui bono? Bioethics 25:482–88.
• Sparrow, R. 2010. Should human beings have sex? Sexual dimorphism and human enhancement. American Journal of Bioethics 10(7): 3–12. (There are several short commentaries on Sparrow’s piece in the same issue of the American Journal of Bioethics for those who are interested).

Week Four: 30 October
NEUROINTERVENTION
Jonny Pugh and Tom Douglas

• Pugh, Jonathan, and Thomas Douglas. forthcoming. ‘“Neuro-Interventions as Criminal Rehabilitation: An Ethical Review”’. In Routledge Handbook of Criminal Justice Ethics, edited by
Jonathan Jacobs. Routledge. Available here
• Shaw, Elizabeth. 2014. ‘Direct Brain Interventions and Responsibility Enhancement’. Criminal Law and Philosophy 8 (1): 1–20. doi:10.1007/s11572-012-9152-2.
• Ryberg, Jesper. 2012. ‘Punishment, Pharmacological Treatment, and Early Release’: Edited by Elliot D. Cohen. International Journal of Applied Philosophy 26 (2): 231–44. doi:10.5840/ijap201226217.

Week Five: 6 November
COGNITIVE SCIENCE AND MORAL INTUITIONS
Guy Kahane

• Railton, P. ‘Moral Learning: Conceptual foundations and normative relevance.’ Cognition 167 (2017): 172-190.
(For a fuller statement of the view, see Railton, Peter. (2014). "The affective dog and its rational tale: Intuition and attunement." Ethics 124.4 (2014): 813-859.)
• Greene, J. D. ‘The rat-a-gorical imperative: Moral intuition and the limits of affective learning.’ Cognition (2017).

Week Six: 13 November
EFFECTIVE ALTRUISM
Will MacAskill and Guy Kahane

MacAskill, W. 'The Case for Effective Altruism', (unpublished, to be circulated) 
Iason Gabriel. (2016). ‘Effective Altruism and Its Critics’, Journal of Applied Philosophy, 33 
Amia Srinivasan. (2015). Stop the Robot Apocalypse, London Review of Books. https://www.lrb.co.uk/v37/n18/amia-srinivasan/stop-the-robot-apocalypse  
Jeff McMahan. (2016). ‘Philosophical Critiques of Effective Altruism’, Philosophers' Magazine. http://effective-altruism.com/ea/x4/philosophical_critiques_of_effective_altruism_by/
  

Week Seven: 20 November
HEALTH AND RESPONSIBILITY
Becky Brown and Carissa Véliz

• Walter Glannon (1998) ‘Responsibility, Alcoholism and Liver Transplantation’, Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, Vol. 23, No. 1, pp. 31-49
• Peter Strawson (1962) ‘Freedom and Resentment’, Proceedings of the British Academy, Vol. 48, pp.1-25
• Dan Wikler ‘Personal and Social Responsibility for Health’, Ethics and International Affairs, Vol. 16, No. 2, pp. 47-55.

Week Eight: 27 November
PUNISHMENT
Hannah Maslen

• Dolinko, D. (1991). Three mistakes of retributivism. UCLA Law Review, 39, 1623.
• Richard Frase, ‘Limiting Retributivism’, in The Future of Imprisonment in the 21st Century, 94 (Michael Tonry ed., 2004)
• Hampton, J. (1984). The moral education theory of punishment. Philosophy & Public Affairs, 208-238.
• von Hirsch, A. (1991). Proportionality in the Philosophy of Punishment: From Why Punish to How Much. Israel Law Review, 25, 549.

 

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