The Anscombe Centre holds regular national and international conferences. Along with other educational events, the Anscombe Centre hosts a research seminar in Oxford and a forum for junior healthcare professionals and students in London.
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The Anscombe Bioethics Centre welcomes the decision of MPs to reject the Assisted Dying (No.2) Bill by a majority of 330 votes to 118. The evidence from jurisdictions that have embraced physician assisted suicide or euthanasia clearly raises grave concerns about the impact of such legislation.
While Westminster had rejected this particular bill, the ethical and political debate is sure to continue and the Centre continues to support critical discussion on this important topic.
The topic of the 6th Annual Anscombe Memorial Lecture is therefore very timely.
Professor Joseph Boyle (University of Toronto)
‘Against “Assisted Dying”’
Tuesday 13th October at 4.30pm
St John's College, Oxford followed by a reception at Blackfriars, Oxford
The lecture is free but to reserve a place please mail Gwen McCourt firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday 26th May - Research Seminar
Professor Christopher Kaczor (Princeton) delivered a research seminar in Oxford on Tuesday 25th May. His title was "Can We Believe 'All Men are Created Equal' after Darwin? Evolutionary Biology and Human Equality.”
Friday 13th February 2015 - 6th Form RE conference
This cross curricular (AQA, OCR, Edexcel) conference for sixth formers focussed on Natural Law, Virtue, and applying ethical theory to cases. Take-home materials/handouts were available. In parallel with one conference session, RE/Philosophy staff were given 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).
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1st November 2014 - Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide: Lessons from Belgium
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 hosted an international day conference on "Euthanasia and Assisted Dying: Lessons from Belgium" on Saturday 1st November.
A report, and video interviews are now available. The report is available here, a
The lecture was held at 5pm on Tuesday 21st October 2014 at St John's College, Oxford. It was followed by a reception at 6.30pm at Blackfriars Hall. Poster available here
The event was recorded, and will be available on our YouTube channel in due course.
Dr Mary McMenamin delivered a paper to the Centre's Research Seminar on Monday 9th June.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Moral Philosophy of Elizabeth Anscombe.
On 27th and 28th September 2013 the Centre hosted a major international conference on the moral philosophy of GEM Anscombe, after whom the Centre is named, at St Hugh's College, Oxford. A volume of collected papers from this conference will be published in due course.
Participants 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.
Monday 26th November 2012 6.30 - 8.30pm
Dr Joshua Hordern spoke on "Compassion in Healthcare". Please contact email@example.com for more information about the research seminars.
Ethics Forum Returns
On Wednesday 28th November the London Ethics Forum returned with a new format - two speakers, refreshments and food and a new venue - Newman House on Gower Street (The Catholic Chaplaincy to the University of London).
Bishop John Sherrington and Professor David Albert Jones delivered short papers, lead a short discussion and were available for questions from a lively crowd of participants. The topic of their papers were the medical care of those with learning difficulties, and how human dignity relates to how we should care for those with disabilities.
This session was open to students and healthcare professionals, and was free of charge.
Thinking Christian Ethos
Tuesday 30th October 2012
3rd Anscombe Memorial Lecture:
Most Rev Dr Anthony Fisher OP
15th October 2012
Graduate Seminar on Double Effect Monday 25 June 2012: A Seminar for graduate students on "Double Effect Reasoning" with Dr Roger Teichmann, University of Oxford and Professor Daniel Sulmasy, University of Chicago.
This took place at the Lady Brodie Room St Hilda's College, Oxford, from 3pm-6pm, co-sponsored by the Anscombe Bioethics Centre.
Human Dignity in Healthcare
18th June 2012
A video of our Professor Daniel Sulmasy's recent paper on "Evidence-based Bioethics: Myth or Reality?" is available on our website herehere and on the Centre's new Youtube channel.
For details of our recent symposium on the International Theological Commission document "In Search of a Universal Ethic" , Click here
A further step to a less human future4 May 2016 The Centre responds to research, published in Nature Cell Biology, in which human embryos have been cultured in vitro past the implantation stage of development.
Letter Published in The Times with 42 signatoriesA letter on mitochondrial replacement was published in The Times on Wednesday 20th March 2013. It was written by the Centre's Director and had 42 signatories. The full text and list of signatories is available at the Times website and here.
Mitochondrial Replacement ConsultationPlease see here for the Centre's press release, and here for the briefing.
Oxford Research Seminar: 6.30pm-8.30pm, 17 Beaunont St.
*Tuesday 6th March 2012 Dr Dominic Kelly "Ethics of Vaccines and Vaccination"
*Tuesday 8th May 2012: Catholic Perspectives on Organ Transplantation
Conference announcement:Human Dignity in Healthcare 18th June 2012Prof. Daniel P. Sulmasy will deliver the keynote presentation at this international day conference. Click here to book your place.
Prof. Daniel Sulmasy is the Centre's Visiting Research Fellow for 2012, and will be involved in a number of events. He will deliver a lecture on "Evidence-based Bioethics: Myth or Reality?" at the Royal Sociey of Medicine on 20th June 2012, and will deliver the keynote lecture at a conference on "Human Dignity" in Oxford on 18th June 2012 ~(see above and herefor the poster). Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information about these events.
Human Embryo Research: Law, Ethics and Public Policy. 9.30am - 5.30pm on Thursday 8th September 2011, at Corpus Christi College, Merton Street, Oxford, OX1 4JF.
The conference poster, with information about the speakers, venue and concession rates, is available here.
Christian Hillgruber, Professor of law in Bonn, Germany
Jean-René Binet, Professeur de droit privé ŕ l'Université de Franche-Comté, France
Laura Palazzani, Professor of Philosophy of Law at Lumsa University, Rome, Italy
William Binchy, Regius Professor of Law at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
David Albert Jones, Director of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre, Oxford, UK
Michael Hauskeller, Associate Professor of Sociology and Philosophy, University of Exeter, UK
Carter Snead, Professor of Law at Notre Dame, USA
Helen Watt, Senior Research Fellow at the Anscombe Bioethics Centre, Oxford, UK
Professor John Keown, of Georgetown University, an Anscombe Centre Visiting Research Fellow for 2010/2011, spoke in the House of Lords on 16th May on the topic of 'The Provision of Palliative Care: An Ethical and Legal Duty?'. For more information see HERE.
Our recent international conference on Double Effect conference was webcast live on Saturday 19th February here. To download the poster for this conference - click here. (handouts are available). We also hosted a small workshop on Double Effect on Friday 18th February, led by Prof. Joseph Boyle. Please see links on the left for further details.
Professor Luke Gormally, Director Emeritus of the Linacre Centre for Healthcare Ethics (now the Anscombe Bioethics Centre) has been announced as the 2011 recipient of the Paul Ramsey Award of the Center for Bioethics and Culture (San Francisco). Previous recipients have been: Edmund Pellegrino (2004), Germain Grisez (2005), John Finnis (2006), William E May (2007), Albert Moraczewski OP (2008), Gilbert Meilaender (2009), Leon Kass (2010). The award banquet will be held on Friday 25th March in San Francisco. We wish him many congratulations. http://www.cbc-network.org/ramsey/winner.htm
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Inaugural Anscombe Lecture by Sir Anthony Kenny
Sir Anthony Kenny, the distinguished philosopher and former Pro-Vice Chancellor of Oxford University, gave the first Annual Elizabeth Anscombe Memorial Lecture on 'The place of intention in ethics' on Monday 25th October. The lecture was sponsored by the Anscombe Bioethics Centre and this first lecture formally marked the move of the Centre to Oxford. Founded in 1977 (originally known as the Linacre Centre for Healthcare Ethics), the Anscombe Bioethics Centre is the longest established bioethics centre in the United Kingdom. It is seeking to work with Blackfriars in promoting academic research in medical ethics.