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Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics: Shortlisted Graduate and Undergraduate Essays

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The Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics was announced on this blog on the 26th November 2014.  By the 25th January a large number of high quality essays had been submitted and the judges had a difficult time narrowing the field down to a shortlist, which we now publish here:


On the 23rd of February the finalists and the final presentation and four finalists were announced:

The Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics Presentation

HT15 Week 8, Thursday 12 March, 4.30 – 5.50 pm.

Seminar Room 1, Oxford Martin School (corner of Catte St and Broad St), followed by a drinks reception in Seminar Room 2 until 6.45 pm.

We are pleased to announce the four finalists for the Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics and to invite you to attend the final where they will present their entries. 2 finalists have been selected from each category (undergraduate and graduate) to present their ideas to an audience and respond to a short q and a as the final round in the competition.


“How Should Vegans Live?” Xavier Cohen

“The Economics of Morality” Dillon Bowen


“Going Viral: Contagion and the Limits of Free Speech” Miles Unterreiner

“Is prohibition of breast implants a good way to undermine harmful and unequal social norms?” Jessica Laimann.
All are welcome to attend the final and are warmly invited to join the finalists for a drinks reception after the event. Please sign up at:


Published here now are the 5 Graduate shortlisted essays:

Miles Unterriener: Going Viral: Contagion and the Limits of Free Speech

Jessica Laimann: Is Prohibition of Breast Implants a Good Way to Undermine Harmful and Unequal Social Norms?

C’zar Bernstein: Arguing About Guns

Catrin Gibson:   If one is genuinely concerned with the welfare of non-human animals, should one seriously consider the disenhancement of intensively-farmed livestock as a possible method of reducing animal suffering?

Callum Hackett: Giving Ourselves Away.


Published here now are the 4 undergraduate shortlisted essays.

 Dillon Bowen: The Economics of Morality

Xavier Cohen: How Should Vegans Live?

Benedict Hardwick: Can a Contractarian Rationally Donate to Charity?

Fionn O’D0novan: In light of the value of personal relationships, is immortality desirable?

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