Annual Uehiro Lectures in Practical Ethics

About the Series

The annual public Uehiro Lecture Series captures the ethos of the Uehiro Centre, which is to bring the best scholarship in analytic philosophy to bear on the most significant problems of our time, and to make progress in the analysis and resolution of these issues to the highest academic standard, in a manner that is also accessible to the general public. Philosophy should not only create knowledge, it should make people’s lives better.

In keeping with this, the Annual Uehiro Lectures are published as a book series by Oxford University Press and we are pleased to announce the recent publication of the latest in the series by 2017 Uehiro Lecturer, Professor Larry S. Temkin, Being Good in a World of Need. Published in January 2022, the book was selected to feature in Oxford University Press' digital campaign 'Philosophy in Focus'. Explore free content and recommended reading here. Search the archives here.

Professor Elizabeth Anderson

Photo credit David Paterson.

Linking to our 2019 Annual Lectures, Professor Anderson's article 'Can We Talk?: Communicating Moral Concern in an Era of Polarized Politics' is freely available in our open access journal, The Journal of Practical Ethics

Journal of Practical Ethics 10(1) 2022

Democracy is endangered by toxic political discourse, including disinformation, harassment, and mass shaming.  These forms of discourse activate and express esteem competition among rival identity groups, as well as ethnocentric fear and resentment.  Such competition and antagonistic feelings derail democratic practices, including fact-based discussion of problems and policies to address them. When people interpret every concern raised by a different group as an attack on their own group’s standing, they resist consideration of the facts to avoid exposure to shame and blame. Yet, when the point of raising facts is to orient others to moral concerns, how can we communicate these concerns without blaming and shaming those who resist?  Without denying that these practices are sometimes justified, I suggest alternative ways to communicate moral concerns so that those who resist shame and blame, and who fear those who raise concerns, can come to share them.  These alternatives are part of an ethos of democratic communication, which ordinary citizens should practice to enable democracy to succeed.

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Cite: Anderson, E. S., (2022) “Can We Talk?: Communicating Moral Concern in an Era of Polarized Politics”, Journal of Practical Ethics 10(1). doi:

Upcoming Lectures

2021 Annual Uehiro Lectures in Practical Ethics

We are sorry to announce that Professor Howard McGary's delayed 2021 Annual Lectures have now been postponed until later in the year. 

This series of three public lectures will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

Series Title: The Persistence of Racism in Liberal Societies:  Education, Health Care, and Policing

With Professor Howard McGary (Distinguished Emeritus Professor, Rutgers University)


Howard McGary is Distinguished Emeritus Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and he has taught at the University of Arizona and the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research and teaching fields include: social and political philosophy, African American philosophy, and normative ethics. 

His research focuses on theories of compensatory justice, collective responsibility, and distributive justice, especially as theses theories relate to the circumstances of persons who have experienced prolonged discrimination and subjugation. He has also examined the justness of health care distribution in the United States. He is especially concerned with the plight of people who receive fewer health care benefits even though they have greater health care needs. McGary explores the normative implications of this fact. He is also interested in developing philosophical accounts of the virtues, in particular, forgiveness. Finally, he has been exploring philosophical themes found in the works of prominent African American social and political thinkers in the 19th Century, especially Frederick Douglass.

Professor McGary serves on the editorial boards of the following publications: Encyclopedia of Ethics, The Journal of Ethics, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, The Philosophical Forum, and Social Identities. He is the Founder and Director of the Rutgers Summer Institute for Diversity in Philosophy. His  publications include: My Larger Education, Howard McGary (editor and introduction), Booker T. Washington (author), New York: Humanity Books, 2004; Race and Social Justice, Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 1999; Social Justice and Local Development Policy (Robert Mier with R.P. Giloth, K.J. Moe, L. Alpen, B. Harrison, H. McGary, Jr., I. Sherr, T. Vietorisz and W. Wiewel), Sage Publications, 1993; Between Slavery and Freedom: Philosophy and American Slavery (with Bill E. Lawson), Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1992, and numerous essays in journals and edited volumes.

Professor McGary has presented numerous lectures at colleges and universities in the United States and Abroad. He has held the following professional offices and positions: Executive Committee, American Philosophical Association  (APA); APA Eastern Division Program Committee, Chair, APA Committee on Blacks; Vice-President New York Society for the Study of Africana Philosophy; and he has served on the New Jersey Governor’s Character Education Commission, State of New Jersey. He was the Founder and Director of the Rutgers Summer Institute for Diversity in Philosophy.

Dates, times and venues



In-person attendance only. Register to attend each lecture separately at Bookwhen.

Please note that seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Since there is no charge for the event, not all registered participants attend. To compensate for this, we operate a policy of overbooking so please arrive early in order to guarantee your seat.


We aim to video record and publish the lectures on YouTube the following week.


Book Series
Professor Larry Temkin

We are pleased to announce details of the latest publication in the Uehiro Series in Practical Ethics, published by Oxford University Press.

Being Good in a World of Need

by Larry S. Temkin (2017 Uehiro Lecturer)

In a world filled with both enormous wealth and pockets of great devastation, how should the well-off respond to the world's needy?

This is the urgent central question of Being Good in a World of Need. Larry S. Temkin, one of the world's foremost ethicists, challenges common assumptions about philanthropy, his own prior beliefs, and the dominant philosophical positions of Peter Singer and Effective Altruism. Filled with keen analysis and insightful discussions of philosophy, current events, development economics, history, literature, and age-old wisdom, this book is a thorough and sobering exploration of the complicated ways that global aid may incentivize disastrous policies, reward corruption, and foster “brain drains” that hinder social and economic development.

Using real-world examples and illuminating thought experiments, Temkin discusses ethical imperialism, humanitarian versus developmental aid, how charities ignore or coverup negative impacts, replicability and scaling-up problems, and the views of the renowned economists Angus Deaton and Jeffrey Sachs, all within the context of deeper philosophical issues of fairness, responsibility, and individual versus collective morality. At times both inspiring and profoundly disturbing, he presents the powerful argument that neglecting the needy is morally impermissible, even as he illustrates that the path towards helping others is often fraught with complex ethical and practical perils. Steeped in empathy, morality, pathos, and humanity, this is an engaging and eye-opening text for any reader who shares an intense concern for helping others in need.

Philosophy in Focus

We are delighted that Professor Temkin's book has been selected to feature in Oxford University Press' digital campaign 'Philosophy in Focus'.

For February 2022, 'Philosophy in Focus' shines a light on 'social justice' where OUP authors address questions on human rights, equality, social responsibility, and what is needed to achieve social justice. Explore a range of free content on topics such as race, gender, feminism, religion, democracy, the ethics foreign policy and more.

Explore free content and recommended reading here. Search the archives here.

More details on the Uehiro Lecture series on OUP website.

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Audio recordings of the Lectures from 2011 onwards are freely available to download from Oxford Podcasts.  Where available, other resources can be found on the Past Lectures pages below.

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