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Announcement: 2nd Annual Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics: Finalists and Honourable Mentions

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The 2nd Annual Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics was announced on this blog on the 11th November 2015.  By the 25th January 2016 a large number of high quality essays had been submitted and the judges had a difficult time narrowing the field down to 5 finalists and 6 Honourable Mentions, which are now listed here. We are very pleased to announce that over the next few weeks we will be publishing the essays listed below in our Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics series.

Undergraduate Honourable Mentions:

“Should we take moral advice from our computers?” Mahmoud Ghanem

“Are offensive jokes permissible if they’re funny?” Raphael Hogarth

Graduate Honourable Mentions:

“Brexit and morality” Sofiane Croisier

“Justice of punitive war” Benjamin Koons

“Is graffiti morally permissible?” Areti Theofilopuolou

On holding ethicists to higher moral standards” Carissa Veliz

Undergraduate Finalists

“Should feminists in rich countries shift their focus to international development?” Carolina Flores Henrique

“How should vegetarians actually live? A reply to Xavier Cohen” Thomas Sittler

Graduate Finalists

“Should you switch to an altruistic career?”  Ben Lange

“Necessity and liability” Joseph Bowen

 “What justifies parent’s influence on their children?” Yutang Jin



The 2nd Annual Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics Final Presentation and Reception will take place on HT16 Week 7, Wednesday 2nd March, 4.00 – 5.50 pm.

The Presentation will be held in 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.

The five finalists will present their ideas to an audience and respond to a short Q&A as the final round in the competition.


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:

Please book now and support the next generation of Practical Ethicists.



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