Methods and Work in Progress Seminar in Practical and Medical Ethics

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Methods and Work in Progress Seminar in Practical and Medical Ethics.

Convenor:  Dr Douglas McConnell

Hilary and Trinity 2021 Programme

Weeks 1, 3, 5 & 7 Tuesdays 11-1pm

Via Zoom


This seminar is an opportunity for graduate students from all departments whose work has an applied ethics dimension to join a practical and medical ethics seminar group led by researchers from the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. To sign up for this seminar please email


Each week, for the first hour of the seminar, one of the researchers will introduce a key topic in Practical or Medical Ethics, referencing various texts.

During the second hour of the seminar students will be given the opportunity to present draft papers or thesis chapters for constructive comments and discussion with other graduate students, led by Dr Doug McConnell


The Programme for Hilary Term is as follows:


Week 1: Tuesday 19th January, 11-1pm, Professor Julian Savulescu on 'Methods in Practical Ethics'

Week 3: Tuesday 2nd February, 11-1pm, Dr Doug McConnell on Addiction

Week 5: Tuesday 16th February, 11-1pm, Dr Ben Davies on Justice

Week 7: Tuesday 2nd March, 11-1pm, Dr Katrien Devolder on Animal Ethics


Each week one student will have the opportunity to present a work in progress paper, giving a 10 min presentation. Another student will then give a 5 min initial response to the paper presented.  This will then be followed by an open group discussion for the remainder of the hour. Papers and reading material are circulated a week in advance via email.  Students who volunteer to present are asked to choose another session in which to respond.


The presenting and respondent spaces are issued on a first come first served basis so please email ASAP to ensure you get a space.  Responding to papers is as important an aspect of the seminar as presenting.

Please email if you wish to sign up for the mailing list for this seminar group, or to present or respond to a paper.


The schedule for Trinity Term is as follows:

Week 1: Tuesday 27th April, 11-1pm

Week 3: Tuesday 11th May, 11-1pm

Week 5: Tuesday 25th May, 11-1pm

Week 7: Tuesday 8th June, 11-1pm