John Locke Lecture 2012
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Moral Philosophy Seminar

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These seminars take place every week in term time throughout the year, on Mondays from 4.30 to 6.30 in the Lecture Room at the Philosophy Centre, Radcliffe Humanities, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG.

The moral philosophy seminar is open to all. Those who are interested in talking to the speaker are also welcome to attend the dinner that follows each talk, usually in Somerville College hall. Vegetarian meals for graduate students and postdocs will be paid for by the seminar convenor.


Derek Parfit's Last Public Lecture

'The Non-identity Problem' [Abstract] [Video] [Handout]


Hillary Term 2017

16 JanKristi Olson (Bowdoin College), 'The Solidarity Solution: Fairness as a Relational Ideal' [Abstract]
18 JanAmartya Sen (Harvard, supplemental session co-sponsored with the Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative), ‘Democracy and Social Decisions’ [Abstract]
23 JanTom Sinclair (Oxford), 'The Claimability of Directed Duties' [Abstract]
30 JanCampbell Brown (LSE), 'Is Close Enough Good Enough?' [Abstract]
6 FebCécile Fabre (Oxford), 'In Defence of Spies – Espionage in War' [Abstract]
13 FebMassimo Renzo (KCL law), 'Revolution and Intervention' [Abstract]
20 FebSimon Blackburn (Cambridge & UNC Chapel Hill), 'Cats, Vagabonds, and True Feelings' [Abstract]
27 FebJohanna Thoma (LSE), ' Temptation and Preference-Based Instrumental Rationality ' [Abstract]
6 MarSusanne Burri (LSE), 'The Option Value of Life'
9 MarRobert Audi (Notre Dame, supplementary session, Thursday of 8th week)


Confirmed Speakers for 2017


David Brink (UCSD)  

Thomas Hurka (Toronto)
Douglas MacLean (UNC Chapel Hill)

Michael Otsuka (LSE)

Thomas Scanlon (Harvard) 

Peter Singer (Princeton and Melbourne)



Jeff McMahan (
Tom Sinclair (


Past Seminars (including photos, podcasts and videos)

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