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Southampton Ethics Centre - Spring Update 2016

Published: 29 February 2016

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

The Breastfeeding Dilemma

23rd March, 10:00-16:00 - London Southbank University, Keyworth Centre, Keyworth Street, London. SE1 6NG.

This workshop, organised in collaboration with Public Policy@Southampton, brings together academics, policy makers, medical professionals, parental support organisations, members of the media, mothers and members of the public to address the Breastfeeding Dilemma: how do we encourage breastfeeding and support women in doing so, without subjecting those who choose not to breastfeed, or are unable to do so, to shame and guilt with potentially devastating consequences?

Speakers: Elselijn Kingma (Southampton), Gill Thompson (UCLan), Heather Trickey (Cardiff/NCT), Fiona Woollard (Southampton)

For further details please click here




Disability: Its Nature and Significance

17th May, 09:30-17:00 - Avenue Campus, University of Southampton

This workshop will explore a range of issues concerning the nature of disability and its evaluative significance. Is there some defining feature that all disabilities have in common? Are they a departure from health, and if so, what distinguishes them from other unhealthy conditions? Is it bad for you to be disabled, and if so, how? To what extent is the evaluative significance of disability the result of societal choices and/or attitudes? And to what extent might those choices and attitudes need revision? 

Speakers: Alex Gregory (Southampton), Lorella Terzi (Roehampton), Simo Vehmas (Helsinki), John Vorhaus (Institute of Education)

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The Normative Significance of Normative Beliefs

23rd May, Timings TBC - 65/1173, Avenue Campus, University of Southampton


This workshop will bring together philosophers from ethics and epistemology to explore issues at the intersection of these subject areas. It will unearth and investigate connections between what might seem to be distinct debates on praise and blame, moral responsibility, weakness of will, reasons and rationality, higher-order evidence, pragmatic encroachment, and normative uncertainty.


Speakers: Daniel Fogal (Uppsala), Maria Lasonen-Aarnio (Michigan), Paulina Sliwa (Cambridge), Daniel Whiting (Southampton)

For further details click here.







Evil after Kant

6th June, 10:00-18:00 - Avenue Campus, 65/1173, University of Southampton

This workshop will focus on treatments of evil and related phenomena in the history of German philosophy from Kant onwards, with special focus on the philosophies of Hegel, Schelling, Nietzsche, and Adorno. Questions to be addressed include: ‘What is the nature and significance of evil?’ ‘What is the relationship between freedom and evil?’ and ‘In what way, if any, might the presence of suffering in life and the world be valuable? 

Speakers: Andrew Bowie (Royal Holloway), Chris Janaway (Southampton), Martin Sticker (Göttingen), Gudrun von Tevenar (Birkbeck)

For further details please click here




Two other events that we would like to mention are the second of the SEC’s Seminar Series: 

Prof. Richard Holton (Cambridge)

‘Intention-drenched verbs and the doctrine of double effect’

15th March, 17.00 – 19.00 -Avenue campus, 65/1143, University of Southampton


And following up last January’s very successful SEC-sponsored ‘Challenging questions and ethical obligations - the ethics of everyday practice’ conference is:

Everyday ethical dilemmas in healthcare: power, politics and practices

10th May - Royal College of Nursing, Central London

Bringing together practitioners, people who use health services, students and academics from different disciplines, this conference will explore further the ordinary, everyday ethical issues and questions that arise in health and care practice.

For further details please click here


For details of SEC and other ethics-related events at the University, please see the SEC events page.


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