Moral Philosophy Seminar

The Moral Philosophy Seminar (MPS) is a regular seminar which explores all areas and frameworks of moral philosophy, including normative ethics, applied ethics, and meta-ethics. The seminar is open to all; those who attend are invited to join the speaker and convenor for dinner immediately afterwards at a local restaurant (at their own expense).

Seminars take place on Mondays 3.30-5.30pm, online. 

Please find a video of Derek Parfit's last lecture, given at the Moral Philosophy Seminar in 2016, here

Moral Philosophy Seminar Conveners: Ed Lamb and Jeremy Fix


Past Terms

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Week 1 (14th October)

Elizabeth Anderson (University of Michigan)

''What Has Gone Wrong? Populist politics and the mobilization of fear and resentment''                   

Week 2 (21st October)

Vida Yao (Rice University)

''Grace and Alienation ''

Week 4 (4th November)

Brendan de Kenessey (Toronto)

 ''What Makes Reasons Moral?''

Week 6 (18th November)         

Louise Hanson (Durham)

''Robust Moral Realism and Robust Aesthetic Realism''

Week 8 (2nd December)

John-Stewart Gordon (Vytautas Magnus University) 

''Ethics as a Method''

Week 1 (14th January) Luke Elson (Reading) 'Nihilistic Despair'
Week 2 (21st January) Gerald Lang (Leeds)  'What's Wrong with Hypocrisy'
Week 3 (28th January) Martin Sticker (Bristol)  'The Normativity of Obligatory End'
Week 4 (4th February) Philipp Gisbertz (Göttingen)  'Human Dignity as a Moral Concept'
Week 5 (11th February) Jeremy Fix (Oxford) 'The Instrumental Rule'
Week 6 (18th February) Robert Simpson (UCL)  'What is Legitimation?' 
Week 7 (25th February) Lucy Campbell (Warwick)  'Anscombe on Practical Knowledge and Practical Truth'
Week 8 (4th March) Paulina Sliwa (Cambridge) 'Hermeneutical Advice'
Week 8 (7th March, Special Session) Robert Audi (Notre Dame) 'Prospects for a Value-Based Deontology'
Week 2 (15th October) Joe Horton (UCL) 'The Exploitation Problem'
Week 3 (22nd October) Cressida Gaukroger (Oxford) "Privacy and the Importance of "Getting Away With It"
Week 5 (5th November) Adam Shriver (Oxford) 'Is Hedonism a Version of Axiological Monism?'
Week 6 (12th November) Brian McElwee (Southampton) 'Moral Progress and Moral Reproach'
Week 7 (19th November) Jeremy Williams (Birmingham) 'Anti-Abortion Advocacy, Violence, and Toleration'
Week 8 (26th November) Fabienne Peter (Warwick) 'Moral Self-Trust and its Limits'

Week 1 (23rd April)

Theron Pummer (St Andrews

"Optimising Outside Options"

Week 4 (14th May) Patrick Tomlin (Warwick) "Accidentally Killing on Purpose"
Week 7 (4th June) Tom Dougherty (Cambridge) "Degrees of Consent"

For an archive of previous terms, please see here