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Southampton event: “Taking Pregnancy Seriously in Metaphysics I: The Foetus and the Maternal Organism”, 21 July 2015

In 2015, Bioethics, Events, Reproduction on July 10, 2015 at 1:50 pm

Elselijn Kingma and Fiona Woollard are running a research project ‘Taking Pregnancy Seriously in Metaphysics, Ethics and Epistemology” – the third in a series of four workshops is being hosted this month.

Taking Pregnancy Seriously in Metaphysics I: The Foetus and the Maternal Organism 21 July, University of Southampton, UK.

Eric Olson (Sheffield): ‘Is the foetus a part of the mother’s body?’
John Dupre (Exeter): ‘Pregnancy as a bifurcating process’
Rohan Lewis (Souhtampton): ‘No going back: biological perspectives on the emergence of biological identity in reproduction’
Barry Smith (Buffalo): ‘Embryontology’

Although philosophers have explored metaphysical questions related to pregnancy – most obviously abortion and the metaphysical status of the fetus – little philosophical attention has been paid to pregnancy itself. This workshop explores on of the main metaphysical questions posed by pregnancy: how do the entities involved in pregnancy – the embryo or fetus and the maternal organism relate to each other? Should the fetus be regarded as part of the mother, or as ‘merely inside ‘ or ‘surrounded by’ the mother?

This workshop is one of a series of four in the project Taking Pregnancy Seriously in Metaphysics, Ethics & Epistemology, funded by the Southampton Ethics Centre and the University of Southampton ‘Adventures in Research’ Scheme, with added support from the British Society for Philosophy of Science and the Aristotelian Society. It will be followed by another workshops on Metaphysics on the 18th of September and was preceded by two workshops on Ethics and Epistemology on the 18th of June 2014 and the 13th of April 2015.

Registration is free of charge, and will include tea/coffee/refreshments. Delegates must provide/pay for their own meals; there is an option to sign up for a buffet lunch (cost: GBP 8.50) when registering via the online store.
Please register by July 12th. If you would like to attend but childcare duties render your attendance difficult, please contact the organisers (as far in advance as possible).

For more information, program, accessibility information & registration, see here.

Is Antimicrobial Resistance a Slowly Emerging Disaster?

In 2015, Disaster management, Gratuitous self-promotion, Public Ethics, Publications on July 10, 2015 at 9:39 am

The problem of antimicrobial resistance is so dire that people are predicting that the era of antibiotics may be coming to an end, ushering in a ‘post-antibiotic’ era. A comprehensive policy response is therefore urgently needed. A part of this response will require framing the problem in such a way that adequately reflects its nature as well as encompassing an approach that has the best prospect of success.

A.M. Viens and Jasper Littman have recently completed a paper – available freely as an open-access article in Public Health Ethics – which considers framing the problem of antimicrobial resistance as a slowly emerging disaster, including its potential benefits and difficulties, from a conceptual and policy perspective.

A.M. Viens is also a member of the University of Southampton’s new Network for Anti-Microbial Resistance and Infection Prevention (NAMRIP). NAMRIP aims to become the first port-of-call for UK Government for the interdisciplinary approach to research and collaboration in combating the increasing resistance that microbes display to countermeasures.

A.M. Viens