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Michael Wee is the Education Officer at the Anscombe Bioethics Centre. His academic background is in literature and philosophy, and he previously studied at Durham University and Oxford University. His research interests include virtue ethics, the ethics of assisted reproduction, and the role of empathy in moral philosophy.

Conference Papers

'Virtuous Doctors and Patients: Public Healthcare as a MacIntyrean Practice', sixth annual conference of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues (Birmingham University), Oriel College, Oxford, 4 Jan 2018.


'Pro-choicers think the abortion debate is over. They're out of touch with the public', Catholic Herald Online, 24 Nov 2017.

'Rise of the baby machines', Catholic Herald, 25 Aug 2017, p. 24.

'The Catholic philosopher who clashed with a US president over nuclear war', Catholic Herald Online, 17 Aug 2017.

'Genetics, identity and three-parent babies', The Straits Times, 7 Jul 2017.

'The Demise of Language and the Rise of Cloning', Public Discourse, 22 Mar 2017.

'When a baby's diagnosis is grim, there is a path of hope', Aleteia, 17 Mar 2017.

'Catholic pharmacists are threatened by new proposals. Here's how we can help', Catholic Herald Online, 3 Mar 2017.

'The new Down’s Syndrome screening test and the culture of life', Oxford Students for Life Blog, 21 Nov 2016.

'Britain will never be an equal society as long as we allow disability-selective abortion', Catholic Herald Online, 21 Oct 2016.

Lectures and Talks

'Bioethics and Human Life: A Catholic Perspective', Newman Society: Oxford University Catholic Society, 8 Feb 2018.

Workshop on beginning of life ethics, St Bonaventure's School A Level Religious Studies students, 24 Jan 2018.

'Reproductive Ethics and the Catholic Faith', St Bonaventure's School sixth form students, 24 Jan 2018.

'Human Dignity and the Virtues: A Christian View', Health and Salvation study week for Christian healthcare professionals on 'Dignity, Dependency and Dementia', Boarbank Hall, 9 Jan 2018.

'Brave New World? Three-parent babies', Lancaster University Catholic Chaplaincy Centre, 6 Dec 2017.

'Faith and Bioethics', King's College London Catholic Society, 30 Nov 2017.

Workshop on 'Communicating well with those who think differently: Dealing with moral disagreement in healthcare situations' (with Dr Helen Watt), 'Healthcare Ethics' series for healthcare students and professionals, Newman House, 29 Nov 2017.

'Life and Death, Science and Medicine: Why does the Catholic position often seem out of tune?', Bangor University Catholic Society, 23 Nov 2017.

'Introduction to Catholic Bioethics', Chaplaincy to the Liverpool Universities, 21 Nov 2017.

'Euthanasia and the Charlie Gard case', Worth School leadership conference on 'Why bioethics needs the virtues', 8 Nov 2017.

'The ethics of stem cell research', Students for Life - St Andrews, 2 Nov 2017.

'Genetic Engineering and Catholic Ethics', Catholic Men's Society of Great Britain, 9 Sep 2017.

'Can Natural Family Planning (NFP) be Contraceptive?', Catholic Theology Network, 12 Jul 2017.

'Three-Parent IVF: A Catholic View', Wimbledon College sixth form students, 7 Jul 2017.

'Euthanasia and Virtue Ethics', Wimbledon College sixth form students, 7 Jul 2017.

'Assisted Reproductive Technologies: Ethics and Political Language', Catholic Parliamentary and Public Policy Interns, 23 Jun 2017.

‘Catholic Ethics and Reproductive Technologies’, Our Lady’s Abingdon school GCSE Religious Studies students, 3 May 2017.

‘The Science and Ethics of Modern Embryology’, Our Lady’s Abingdon school sixth form students, 3 May 2017.

‘Catholic Bioethics: When does life begin?’, Durham University Catholic Society, 26 Apr 2017.

‘Abortion’, St Mary’s College, Oscott, 28 Feb 2017.

‘Bioethics and Contraception’, St Mary’s College, Oscott, 21 Feb 2017.

‘Dignity, Personhood, Sanctity’, St Mary’s College, Oscott, 7 Feb 2017.

‘Human Beings and Human Persons: Are they the same thing?’, Stowe School Philosophy Society, 7 Dec 2016.