Bucharest – Oxford Workshop in Applied Ethics

Does Applied Ethics Need A Better Moral Philosophy?


We are grateful to the Romanian Cultural Institute and the University of Bucharest for their generous support for this workshop.

3 December, 1st Day


09:00 Conference Opens with Tea and Coffee

09:15 Welcome and Introduction to the Event – Valentin Muresan, (CCEA, University of Bucharest) and Julian Săvulescu (OUC, University of Oxford)

09.30 -10.00 Ilie Pârvu (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest) – The Bucharest School of Analytic Philosophy

10.00 – 10.30 Walter Sinnott-Armstrong & Aaron Ancell (Duke University) – We want kids, too: should doctors be allowed to refuse to help gay couples have children?

10.30 – 11.00 Mircea Dumitru (corresponding member, Romanian Academy) – Logics applied to ethics. Can one formalize ethical arguments? And if so, how can that help ethics?

11.00 – 11.30 Julian Săvulescu (OUC, University of Oxford) – Ethics of allocation of health care resources

11.30 – 12.00 Refreshments. Tea and Coffee will be provided


Social Ethics. Chaired by Areti Theofilopoulou


12.00 – 12.30 Mihaela Constantinescu (CCEA, University of Bucharest) – Ascribing moral responsibility in corporate settings: the mutually enhancing model

12.30 – 13.00 Josh Shepherd (OUC, University of Oxford) – Group agency and the punishment of corporations

13.00 – 13.30 Valentin Mureșan (CCEA, University of Bucharest) – Social omologation of ethical tests

13.30 – 16.00 Lunch


Methodology in Applied Ethics. Chaired by Walter Sinnott-Armstrong


16.00 – 16.30 Adrian Paul Iliescu (DIRESS, University of Bucharest) – What would Wittgenstein have said to Peter Singer? The error of encapsulation in applied ethics

16.30 – 17.00 Will Davies (OUC, University of Oxford) – Externalist psychiatry

17.00 – 17.30 Emilian Mihailov (CCEA, University of Bucharest) – Rationalization in practical ethics

17.30 – 18.00 Daniel Nica (CCEA, University of Bucharest) – Does theology have a practical ethics?


4 December, 2nd Day


Contemporary practical ethics. Chaired by Radu Uszkai


9.00 – 9.30 Jeff McMahan (OUC, University of Oxford) – Causing individuals to exist in order to use them

09.30 – 10.00 Gulzaar Barn (OUC, University of Oxford) – On embodied labour

10.00 – 10.30 Jonathan Pugh (OUC, University of Oxford) – Is it worse to compel than to coerce?

10.30 – 11.00 Refreshments. Tea and Coffee will be provided


Enhancement. Chaired by Julian Săvulescu


11.00 – 11.30 Dorina Pătrunsu (CCEA, University of Bucharest) – Is Moral Bioenhancement compatible with democracy? The test of egalitarianism

11.30 – 12.00 Christopher Gyngell (OUC, University of Oxford) – Why liberal eugenics isn’t eugenic

12.00 – 12.30 Cristina Voinea & Constantin Vică (CCEA, University of Bucharest) – The internet as a failed (cognitive) enhancement

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch


Ethics and Informational Technology. Chaired by Hannah Maslen


14.00 – 14.30 Carissa Veliz (OUC, University of Oxford) – On privacy

14.30 – 15.00 Emi Socaciu & Radu Uszkai (CCEA, University Bucharest) – Paladins with muscle cramps: types of immersion, MMORPGs, and the experience machine

15.00 – 15.30 James Williams (OUC, University of Oxford) – Distraction by design: why the information age needs an ethics of attention

Closing Address

15.30 Roger Crisp (OUC, University of Oxford) and Romulus Brâncoveanu (Dean, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest)


Where?: Amphitheater Mircea Florian, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest.


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