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Southampton Ethics Centre - Spring Update

Published: 25 March 2015

This is an update on SEC, and other ethics-related events going on at the University over the next couple of months.

Taking Pregnancy Seriously in Metaphysics, Ethics and Epistemology - Workshop 2

13th April, Avenue Campus, Room 1097: 9:30am - 5:30pm


The programme of the second ‘Taking Pregnancy Seriously’ workshop has now been confirmed:

Sally Fischer (Warren-Wilson) 

‘A Phenomenology of Early Motherhood: The practical implications of taking the “4th trimester” seriously’

Rebecca Kukla ( Georgetown) 

‘Equipoise, Uncertainty, and Inductive Risk in Research Involving Pregnant Women’

Lindsey Porter (Sheffield)

Gestation and Parental Rights: Why is Good Enough, Good Enough?’

Fiona Woollard (Southampton)

‘Motherhood and the Reason/Duty Distinction’

Click here for further details (including paper abstracts)



'Ethics and Emotion in the Post-Kantian Tradition' workshop

17th April, Avenue Campus, Room 1097: 10am - 6pm


The programme of the second ‘Ethics and Emotion’ workshop has now been confirmed:

Alix Cohen (Edinburgh)

'Kant on the Nature of Emotions'

Sebastian Gardner (UCL)

'The Content of Emotion and the Form of Feeling'

Sacha Golob (KCL)

'Anxiety and Value in Heidegger'

Jonathan Webber (Cardiff)

'Sartre's Sketch for a Theory of the Emotions'

For further details click here.


Challenging Questions and Ethical Obligations: The Ethics of Everyday Practice

As a follow-up to this event, which was held in January at the Royal College of Nursing, a range of videos are now available here -


The British Socity for Ethical Theory Annual Conference

13th - 14th July, Avenue Campus

The programme of the conference, which is being hosted this year here in Southampton, has now been confirmed, The speakers will be Garrett Cullity (Adelaide), Melis Erdur (Tel Aviv), Anca Gheaus (Sheffield), Shelly Kagan (Yale), Errol Lord (Pennsylvania), Brian McElwee (Oxford), Baroness Onora O'Neill (Cambridge), Adina Preda (Limerick), Bernhard Salow (MIT) and Nick Smyth (Brown), addressing topics including welfare, parental rights, duties to future generations, partiality, and human rights.


For further detaile please click here.


Elsewhere in the Coming Weeks


The above SEC events are running alongside a range of other interesting ethics-related events taking place across the University …

- The Centre for Law, Ethics and Globalisation (CLEG) will be holding its Annual Lecture on Thursday 30th April 2015. Shaheen Sardar Ali (Warwick) will speak on 'Globalisation: Challenges and Opportunities'.

- The Centre for Health Ethics and Law (HEAL) will be holding its inaugural Annual Lecture on Thursday 7th May. Jonathan Montgomery (UCL) will speak on 'Bioethics as Governance Practice'.

- Philosophy’s AHRC-funded Normativity research group will be hosting its third workshop on 12th June, addressing how theories in meta-ethics might bear on questions concerning epistemic normativity. The speakers will be Terence Cuneo(Vermont), Anne Meylan (Fribourg), Michael Ridge (Edinburgh) and Kristoffer Ahsltrom-Vij (Kent).

For further details of these and SEC events, please see the SEC events page -



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