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)

Amphitheater Mircea Florian, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest.


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