Moral Philosophy Seminar

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

The seminars are open to all.  Those who attend are invited to join the speaker and the convenor for wine and dinner at Somerville College immediately following the end of the seminar, though the number of diners cannot exceed fourteen.  Vegetarian meals and wine for students will be paid for by the convenor.

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Derek Parfit's Last Public Lecture

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

Hilary Term 2017 

16 Jan Kristi Olson (Bowdoin College), 'The Solidarity Solution: Fairness as a Relational Ideal' [Abstract]
18 Jan Amartya Sen (Harvard, supplemental session co-sponsored with the Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative), ‘Democracy and Social Decisions’ [Abstract]
23 Jan Tom Sinclair (Oxford), 'The Claimability of Directed Duties' [Abstract]
30 Jan Campbell Brown (LSE), 'Is Close Enough Good Enough?' [Abstract]  
6 Feb Cécile Fabre (Oxford), 'In Defence of Spies – Espionage in War' [Abstract]
13 Feb Massimo Renzo (KCL law), 'Revolution and Intervention' [Abstract]
20 Feb Simon Blackburn (Cambridge & UNC Chapel Hill), 'Cats, Vagabonds, and True Feelings' [Abstract]
27 Feb Johanna Thoma (LSE), ' Temptation and Preference-Based Instrumental Rationality ' [Abstract]
6 Mar Susanne Burri (LSE), 'The Option Value of Life'
9 Mar

Robert Audi (Notre Dame, supplementary session, Thursday of 8th week) 


Trinity Term 2017

24 April David Brink (UCSD)
1 May Douglas MacLean (UNC, Chapel Hill)
8 May Michael Otsuka (LSE)
15 May Thomas Hurka (Toronto)  
22 May Peter Singer (Princeton & Melbourne)
29 May Ralph Wedgwood (USC)
5 June Thomas Scanlon (Harvard)
12 June TBA



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Past Seminars (including photos, podcasts and videos)

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