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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. His academic background is in literature and philosophy, and he previously studied at Durham University and Oxford University. He is currently working on a research project exploring the role of virtues and character traits in mental health, and is also the member of a study group on posthumanism.





Scholarly Articles (Peer-Reviewed)

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

Other Articles and Essays (Selected)

'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: A Systematic Review’ (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

'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.

'Aquinas on Marriage’, Aquinas Group, Blackfriars, Oxford, 19 Nov 2018.

‘Euthanasia and the Common Good: Autonomy, Dignity and Human Life’, Panel discussion on ‘Does euthanasia serve human dignity and societal good?’, Keble College, Oxford, 6 Nov 2018.

‘Withdrawing Life-Sustaining Treatment: Exploring Right and Wrong Reasons’, A Panel discussion on the Alfie Evans case and its Implications, hosted by the Catholic Union, Notre Dame University, London, 11 Sep 2018.

'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.

‘Human Dignity and the Virtues: A Christian View’, Health and Salvation study week: Dignity, Dependency and Dementia, Boarbank Hall, 9 Jan 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)

'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', Cambridge University Catholic Chaplaincy medics group, 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.

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

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