‘The Quest for a Moral Compass: A Global History of Ethics’ reviewed by Dr Thomas Lawrence Long

‘The Quest for a Moral Compass: A Global History of Ethics’ by Kenan Malik (Atlantic Books, 2014) In the final chapter of this global survey of ethical systems written for a popular audience, Kenan Malik recalls T. S. Eliot’s ‘Little Gidding’, which admonishes us that ‘to make an end is to make a beginning’. So Read the full article…

Think-Tanks and the Governance of Science: Guest Post by Martyn Pickersgill & Emilie Cloatre

Think-tanks play a key role in policy today. Yet, for scholars who are concerned with the dynamics within and between law and science, the place and impact of such organisations are often over-looked. To begin to remedy this, we held an event titled ‘Regulating Bioscience: Between the Ivory Tower and the Policy Room’ on the Read the full article…

Psychiatry beyond Scientism (CfP, Conference, Amsterdam January 22-24 2015)

Psychiatry Beyond Scientism: Exploratory Models, Professional Practices, and Socio-Cultural Contexts January 22-24, 2015 VU University Amsterdam Confirmed speakers: John Campbell (UC Berkeley, USA) Trudy Dehue (University of Groningen, Netherlands) Bill Fulford (University of Warwick, UK) John Sadler (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA) Mona Gupta (Université de Montréal, Canada) Marc Lewis (Radboud University, Netherlands) Read the full article…

Conference call for participation and programme: The Ethics of In-Vitro Flesh and Enhanced Animals (Rothbury, 18-19 September)

The Ethics of In-Vitro Flesh and Enhanced Animals 9am Thursday 18 September – 5pm Friday 19 September 2014 Rothbury Golf Club, Northumberland, England What are the ethical issues associated with the creation of ‘cultured flesh’ and flesh from animals with ‘enhanced’ properties, including reduced capacities for sentience and increased nutritional benefits? How do we assess Read the full article…

Conceptualizing Disability as a Public Health Issue: Impairment, Enhancement and Emerging Biotechnologies (CfP, Conference, Switzerland, 26-28 Jan 2015)

Conceptualizing Disability as a Public Health Issue: Impairment, Enhancement and Emerging Biotechnologies Brocher Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland 26-28 January, 2015 There is broad evidence indicating that the total number of persons experiencing disability has increased substantially in recent times. Emerging biotechnologies offer the possibility to affect and transform (and disrupt) many aspects of life of those Read the full article…

Life in Crisis: The Ethical Journey of Doctors Without Borders – reviewed by Dr Jacob Fanus Dreyer

‘Life in Crisis: The Ethical Journey of Doctors Without Borders’ by Peter Redfield (University of California Press, 2013).  This book is an ethnographic report on the conceptual, intellectual and practical journey of the ethical principles and practice of the founding, development and maturation of Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF)in its role as a major global activist in humanitarian medicine. Peter Read the full article…

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Ethics of Big Data (Job, University of Oxford)

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Ethics of Big Data, Oxford Internet Institute associated with a non-stipendiary Junior Research Fellowship at St Cross College, University of OxfordGrade 7: £29,837 – £36,661 p.a.We are a leading world centre for the multidisciplinary study of the Internet and society, looking for a full-time Researcher to work on a funded project, “The Ethics Read the full article…

Embodiment, Ethics, Re-Production and the lifecourse (Symposium, Edinburgh, 5 June 2014)

EMBODIMENT, ETHICS, RE/PRODUCTION & THE LIFECOURSE Thursday 5th June 2014, 10-4pm University of Edinburgh This one day event provides a forum for discussion, debate  and deliberation around a series of presentations relating to re/production, ethics and embodiment. The symposium will seek to interrogate the extent to which ethical engagement can enhance  theoretical work on embodiment; and Read the full article…

Patient knowledge and involvement in healthcare (Workshop, Lancaster, 12 May 2014)

Patient knowledge and involvement in healthcare Royal Institute of Philosophy Workshop Storey Institute, Lancaster Monday 12th May In recent years great efforts have been made to listen to “patient voices” in healthcare practice, research, and policy, but such initiatives have met with mixed success and many patients continue to feel that their view are overlooked Read the full article…

Reflections on ‘Wonder & Co. – Varieties of Intensified Experiences’

Jan B. W. Pedersen reflects on the Wonder & Co. – varieties of intensified experiences symposium that took place on the 19th March 2014 at Kenworthy Hall, St Mary’s College, Durham: Being aware that ‘the beautiful’ can be a great source of wonder, it seemed as though St Mary’s College would be an ideal venue Read the full article…