Anscombe Bioethics
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Bioethics Centre

'... not just the premier Christian bioethics
institute in Britain, but one of the finest in the
world, Christian or secular'.

Most Rev. Anthony Fisher O.P.,
Bishop of Parramatta, Australia.

 
About Us


The Anscombe Centre is a Roman Catholic academic institute that engages with the moral questions arising in clinical practice and biomedical research. It brings to bear on those questions principles of natural law, virtue ethics, and the teaching of the Catholic Church, and seeks to develop the implications of that teaching for emerging fields of practice. The Centre engages in scholarly dialogue with academics and practitioners of other traditions. It contributes to public policy debates as well as to debates and consultations within the Church. It runs educational programmes for, and gives advice to, Catholics and other interested healthcare professionals and biomedical scientists. For more information please see the About Us section...

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News & Events


21st October 2014 - Professor John Finnis FBA will deliver the 5th Anscombe Memorial Lecture on "Body and Soul: on Anscombe's "royal road" to true belief"
Memorial Lecture poster
The lecture will be held at 5pm on Tuesday 21st October 2014 at St John's College, Oxford, and will be followed by a reception at 6.30pm at Blackfriars Hall. Poster available here
All welcome. This event is free but places are subject to availability. If you are interested in attending then to avoid disappointment please contact Gwen McCourt in advance to book a place admin@bioethics.org.uk or 01865 610 212.

1st November 2014 - Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide: Lessons from Belgium
Euthanasia conference poster
In cooperation with KU Leuven, the Scottish Council for Human Bioethics and the Centre for Bioethics and Emerging Technologies at St Mary's University, Twickenham, the Anscombe Centre will host an international day conference on "Euthanasia and Assisted Dying: Lessons from Belgium" on Saturday 1st November from 9.30am to 4.30pm.
The cost is £45 (£20 concessions) including lunch. The poster is available here, and bookings can be made here.
Participants include consultant physicians and academics from Belgium.
Dr Benoit Beuselinck, Professor Raphael Cohen Almagor, Professor Chris Gastmans, Dr Kevin Fitzpatrick, Professor Sheila the Baroness Hollins, Professor David Albert Jones, Dr Trevor Stammers, Dr Kasper Raus, Professor Sigrid Sterckx, and Professor Stefaan Van Gool.

Friday 13th February 2014 - 6th Form RE conference
Euthanasia conference poster
This cross curricular (AQA, OCR, Edexcel) conference for sixth formers will focus on Natural Law, Virtue, and applying ethical theory to cases. Take-home materials/handouts will be available. In parallel with one conference session, RE/Philosophy staff will have the opportunity to join a masterclass/salon with Prof. John Finnis FBA and Professor David Albert Jones.

The conference poster is available here(14.6MB) and here(209KB).

10am – 4pm on Friday 13th February, at St Gregory the Great Catholic School, Oxford, OX4 3DR

Keynote and Teachers’ workshop:
Natural Law with Professor John Finnis

Sessions on:
Virtue Ethics with Professor David Albert Jones
Applied Ethics with Dr Helen Watt and Stephen Barrie

Cost: £10 per student, teachers free. This includes lunch & take-home materials. Places are limited so please register ASAP. Coach parking is available.

Please contact admin@bioethics.org.uk for further information.


Dr Mary McMenamin delivered a paper to the Centre's Research Seminar on "The ethics of gene therapy" on Monday 9th June from 6pm-9pm.
Professor Nicanor Austriaco OP is the Anscombe Centre's Visiting Reserach Fellow during 2014, and visited the Centre in April/May. The focal point of his visit was a day conference on "Human Nature: Biology, Ethics, Theology" at which he presented some of his latest research. The event poster is available here

From January to March 2014 the Anscombe Centre provided a series of 6 lectures to medical and healthcare students in London. For more details, please contact David Jones at director@bioethics.org.uk

Professor Anselm Müller delivered the Anscombe Memorial Lecture 2013. on Friday 27th September: ‘On the spiritual nature of man’. This lecture is now available on our YouTube Channel

The Moral Philosophy of Elizabeth Anscombe.
This major international conference on the moral philosophy of GEM Anscombe, after whom the Centre is named, was held at St Hugh's College, Oxford (where G.E.M. Anscombe was an undergraduate student) on 27th and 28th September. The conference proceedings will be published in due course.

Conference speakers included Christopher Coope, Dr Mary Geach, Prof Luke Gormally, Dr Edward Harcourt, Dr David Jones, Prof Anselm Müller, Dr Matthew O’Brien, Prof Thomas Pink, Prof Duncan Richter, Dr Roger Teichmann, Prof Jose Maria Torralba and Prof Candace Vogler.


Prof. Jones introduces Chimera's Children at the Centre's book launch event on 19th June 2013. A monograph by Dr James Mumford Ethics at the Beginning of Life: a phenomenological critique and an issue of the journal Human Reproduction and Genetic Ethics were also launched.


31 January 2014 - The Centre's response to a Department of Health consultation on standard operating procedures for independent abortion providers is available here.

13 January 2014 - We would like to draw attention to this statement composed and edited by Dr Pia Matthews of St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, London on behalf of a group of married and unmarried lay Catholics involved in academic research or teaching. If you agree with this statement and would like to endorse it please contact Dr Matthews at pia.matthews@smuc.ac.uk

10 September 2013 - The Director and the Governing Board of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre have agreed a statement welcoming the publication of the independent review of the Liverpool Care Pathway and endorsing all its recommendations, including the recommendation that the LCP should be replaced by an ‘an end of life care plan for each patient, backed up by condition-specific good practice guidance’.

A letter on presumed consent and organ donation (the Human Transplantation (Wales) Bill), co-signed by the Director, is available here.