Uehiro Lectures 2023: Knowledge and Achievement: Their Value, Nature, and Public Policy Role

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Uehiro Lectures 2023

Knowledge and Achievement: Their Value, Nature, and Public Policy Role

Free but registrations required. 


Lecture 1: Week 1 Friday 13 October, 4.30 – 6.30pm

Knowledge and Achievement as Organic Goods


Lecture 2: Week 2 Weds 18 October, 4.30 – 6.30pm

Degrees of Value in Knowledge and Achievement


Lecture 3: Week 2 Friday 20 October, 4.30 – 6.30pm

Knowledge and Achievement as Public Policy Goals


We are delighted to announce that Professor Thomas Hurka will deliver the 2023 Annual Uehiro Lectures in Practical Ethics, to be held at the Oxford Martin School. A series of three public lectures, the Uehiro Lectures have been held annually since 2004.

Booking is now open for in-person attendance and the registration links are listed below. We aim to release video recordings of all three lectures as soon as we can once the series has concluded. Further details to follow.

All are welcome to attend these free, public lectures - we hope you will be able to join us!



thomas hurka

Professor Thomas Hurka is currently Chancellor Henry N. R. Jackman Distinguished Professor of Philosophical Studies at the University of Toronto. He gained a B.Phil. and D.Phil. in Philosophy at University of Oxford University, after a B.A. at the University of Toronto.

Hurka has published on a number of topics, however his main area of research and teaching is moral and political philosophy, especially normative ethical theory. His writings focus on perfectionist moral theories: authored books include Perfectionism (OUP)  and Virtue, Vice, and Value (OUP). He has also discussed the justification of punishment, population ethics, nationalism, friendship, and the morality of war. 

In 2011, Professor Hurka published a non-academic book The Best Things in Life (OUP), about the many things – pleasure, knowledge, achievement, virtue, personal love – that can make life desirable. Later, in 2014, he published British Ethical Theorists From Sidgwick to Ewing (OUP), the first full historical study of an important strand in the development of modern moral philosophy. The book follows a series of British ethical theorists from the late nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century, who shared key assumptions that made them a unified and distinctive school.