Applied Ethics Graduate Discussion Group

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See events listing below for Hilary 2023 Programme

Convenor:  Dr Rebecca Brown

Dates and times:14:30-16:30, Fridays of Weeks 1, 3, 5 and 7.

Venue: Hybrid event, in-person (Littlegate House Suite 1) or Zoom.  To sign up for this seminar either in-person or via Zoom please email

This seminar is an opportunity for University of Oxford 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.

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 works in progress, draft papers or thesis chapters for constructive comments and discussion with other graduate students, led by Dr Rebecca Brown.

The teaching topics to be covered in Hilary Term 2023 are:

Week 1: 20th January Dr Gabriel De Marco on Nudges.

Week 3: 3rd February Dr Benjamin Davies on Intergenerational Justice in Healthcare.

Week 5: 17th February Dr Rebecca Brown on Commodification and Health Incentives.

Week 7: 3rd March Dr Joanna Demaree-Cotton on Medical Decision-Making

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.