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Michael Wee is the Education and Research Officer at the Anscombe Bioethics Centre. He is also an Associate Member of the Aquinas Institute, Blackfriars Hall, Oxford; Associate Lecturer in bioethics at Oscott seminary; and a Young Researcher Member of the Holy See's bioethics advisory body, the Pontifical Academy for Life. His academic background is in literature and philosophy, and he previously studied at Durham University and Oxford University.

Since 2018 he has been a member of a working group on posthumanism convened by the Scottish Council on Human Bioethics. The results of the working group’s research are due to be published in a book collection. In 2020, Mr Wee completed a research project on the role of virtue in mental health commissioned by the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, the University of Birmingham.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

‘Euthanasia, Withdrawing Treatment and the Concept of Intention’, Law and Justice 182 (2019), 7-24.

Anscombe’s Moral Epistemology and the Relevance of Wittgenstein’s Anti-Scepticism’, Enrahonar: An international journal of theoretical and practical reason 64 (2020), 81–100.

‘Therapy, Enhancement, and the Social Model of Disability’, Bioethics and the Posthumanities, ed. Danielle Sands (Routledge: 2020). Forthcoming.

Other Articles and Essays (Selected)

'Reshaping Mental Health through the Virtues: Promises and Challenges' (with Saïk de La Motte de Broöns de Vauvert), The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues Insight Series, Jan 2020.

‘The Tafida Raqeeb case and the trouble with best interests’, Catholic Medical Quarterly, 69/4, p. 5.

‘The ethical implications of social egg freezing’, The Straits Times, 5 Nov 2019, p. A17.

'Elizabeth Anscombe's Philosophy of the Human Person', Public Discourse, 17 Mar 2019.

'The Alfie Evans case: How not to apply Catholic teaching on withdrawing life-sustaining treatment', Catholic Medical Quarterly, Vol. 69 no. 1 (2019), 13-15.

Briefing Paper on ‘Virtues and Character Traits in Mental Health’ (with Saïk de La Motte de Broöns de Vauvert), The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues Insight Series, Jan 2019.

'Elderly suicides: Why euthanasia is not the solution', TODAY, 21 Aug 2018.

‘Human Dignity for Our Time’ , The Venerabile (Journal of the Venerable English College, Rome), Vol. 36 no. 3 (2018), 17-22.

'Humanae Vitae and the Mystical Call of Chastity', Church Life Journal, 31 July 2018.

'In whose best interests? Medical ethics and the Alfie Evans case', The Tablet, 5 May 2018, p. 12.

'Natural Family Planning and the Myth of Catholic Contraception', Church Life Journal, 12 Mar 2018.

'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, p. A24.

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

Conference Papers and Academic Presentations

'The Rational Body: Virtues, narrativity and posthuman persons' (Jan 2020). Conference on 'Is it possible to ethically engender posthuman persons?' by the Scottish Council for Human Bioethics and the Centre for Bioethics and Emerging Technologies, St Mary's University, Twickenham.

'Accommodating Parental Discretion in Medical Disputes: “Best Interests” and the Principle of Autonomy’ (Nov 2019). Governing Board Meeting, The Anscombe Bioethics Centre.

‘Euthanising Vulnerable Adults and Children: Recent Developments and Implications for Ireland’ (Oct 2019). Public Lecture at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.

'Are Virtues Mental Causes? Addressing the Situationism Debate', Anscombe and Aquinas: Perspective on Virtue, a joint research seminar of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre and the Aquinas Institute, Blackfriars Hall, Oxford, 11 Jul 2019.

'Death and the Human Person: Ethical and Conceptual Considerations', Being Human: A Catholic Understanding of the Human Person, a day conference sponsored by the Rosary Shrine and the Thomistic Institute, 30 Mar 2019.

‘Virtue and Medical Enhancement: A Series of Sceptical Footnotes to the Posthumanities’, Bioethics and the Posthumanities: A workshop funded by the British Academy, Royal Holloway, University of London, 28 Mar 2019.

‘On medical enhancement and posthumanity’, Edinburgh Workshop on the Possible Ethical Generation of Transhuman and Posthuman Persons, hosted by the Scottish Council on Human Bioethics, 11 Jan 2019.

'Empathy and Ethics: Reassessing Ethical Egoism in the Light of Empathy', Empathy and Cinical Psychiatry: A one day symposium on empathy in clinical psychiatry, Oxford University Psychiatry Department, 22 Jun 2018.

'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.

Other Presentations (Selected)

‘Euthanasia and the Principle of Autonomy’, Fisher House Medics’ Group, Cambridge, 2 Dec 2019.

‘The Ethics of Withdrawing Treatment’, Downside School sixth form conference, 30 Nov 2019.

‘The Abortion Debate: When does life begin?’, Summerhill College, Co. Sligo, 11 Oct 2019.

‘In Search of Ethics in a Secular and Scientific Culture’, Keynote Lecture, In-Service Day for Heads of Religious Education Departments, Derry Diocesan Schools, 10 Oct 2019.

'Eugenics and Disability', series on 'Bioethics: A Catholic Perspective' at the Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy, 5 Mar 2019.

'Organ Donation: Opting In or Out?', series on 'Bioethics: A Catholic Perspective' at the Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy, 26 Feb 2019.

'The Ordinary and Extraordinary Means Distinction in Medical Ethics', Fisher House Medics' Group, Cambridge, 4 Feb 2019.

'Natural Law Theory and Euthanasia', King Edward VI High School for Girls sixth form RE students, 24 Jan 2019.

'The Human Person and the Embryo', series on 'Bioethics: A Catholic Perspective' at the Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy, 22 Jan 2019.

'Understanding Catholic Moral Teaching on the End of Life', colloquium on 'Religious and Nursing Care: a Conversation', Boarbank Hall, 11 Dec 2018.

Workshop on the ethics of euthanasia and end-of-life decisions, St Bonaventure's school A Level Religious Studies students, 8 Nov 2018.

'Contraception and Natural Family Planning: What does the Catholic Church really teach?', St Bonaventure's school sixth form students, 8 Nov 2018.

'Chastity and Contraception', Fisher House, Cambridge University, 23 Oct 2018.

'Applying natural law and virtue ethics: IVF and genetic engineering', Sixth Form and Remove Conference on 'Human Nature and Bioethics', Westminster School, 24 Sep 2018.

'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.

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

'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 of Singapore, 12 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.

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

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