Moral Philosophy Seminar

Mondays, 16.30-18.30
Lecture Room, First Floor, Radcliffe Humanities building, Woodstock Road, OX2 6GG

These seminars take place every week in term time throughout the year. 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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Please find a video of Derek Parfit's last lecture, given at the Moral Philosophy Seminar in 2016, here

Hilary Term 2018


Week 1 (15 January) NO SEMINAR 

Week 2 (22 January) Kieran Oberman (Edinburgh) "Killing and Rescuing: The Case for Revising Necessity" (Abstract)

Week 3 (29 January) Marcel van Ackeren (Münster) "What is Demandingness?" (Abstract)

Week 4 (05 Feburary) Tom Parr (Essex) "Vegetarianism: Moving Beyond the Standard Case" (Abstract) 

Week 5 (12 February) Catherine Wilson (York and CUNY) "The Truth in Expressivism" (Abstract) 

Week 6 (19 Feburary) Bart Steumer (Groningen) "How to both reject and accept nihilism" (Abstract) 

Week 7 (26 February) NO SEMINAR 

Week 8 (05 March) Alison Hills (St John's College) "TBA"



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Past Seminars (including photos, podcasts and videos)



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