Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics

Announcement: Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics, open to all students at Oxford University

Graduate and undergraduate students currently enrolled at the University of Oxford in any subject are invited to enter the Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics by submitting an essay of up to 2000 words on any topic relevant to practical ethics. Two undergraduate papers and two graduate papers will be shortlisted from those submitted to go forward to a public presentation and discussion, where the winner of each category will be selected.

The winner from each category will receive £300, and the runner up £100. All four finalist essays will be considered for publication in the Journal of Practical Ethics.

To enter, please submit your written papers by the end of 25 January 2015 to rocci.wilkinson@philosophy.ox.ac.uk. Finalists will be notified in early February. The public presentation will take place in February 2015.

Detailed instructions

Stage 1: The Essay

The essay of up to 2000 words may cover any topic relevant to practical ethics. The question to be addressed should be stated clearly in bold at the outset. The focus of the marking will be on the quality and originality of your argument. References are therefore allowed but are not required.

Submissions should be prepared for blind review by our assessors. Please remove any identifying information from your manuscript (both as a pdf and a word document) and provide a title sheet on a separate file with the title of your essay, your name and contact details, including email. Please include a word count. Please note that essays exceeding 2000 words cannot be considered. All assessors will be blinded to the identity of contributors and software to detect plagiarism will be employed. Only the first 200 submissions will be considered.

Assessors will be asked to divide their marks to give 10% on the quality/originality of question posed; 40% originality of argument; and 50% quality of the argument.

Stage 2: Presentation

The best two papers from each section will go to the final round, where there will be a 15 minute presentation of each paper, followed by 15 minute questions from the panel and audience.

The panel will make a final judgement based on 75% weighting on the quality paper, and 25% from the presentation and question and answer session.

The Prize

The winner of each category will be awarded a prize of £300. The runner up will win £100.

All entries to the competition will also be considered for publication in the Journal of Practical Ethics, or on the blog Practical Ethics in the News and all entrants will be invited to attend the presentations, and to join a drinks reception after the event. Winners and shortlisted entrants will be announced on the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics’ website and notified by email.

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